Kansas City, Missouri 2021-05-27 19:57:00 –
Merriam, Kansas. –Federal funding could reduce flood risk for dozens of businesses in downtown Merriam.
Congressman Charis David, Kansas District 3, submitted a $ 43 million budget allocation request this week to help build an embankment system along Turkey Creek.
The city, along with the Army Corps of Engineers and other regulatory bodies, has been investigating creeks and their flood risks since the 1998 flood.
Merriam approved a flood protection program in 2015, but it lacks the necessary funding.
“The main features of the plan are a 3,380-foot embankment, a maximum height of about 6 feet, and a flood barrier of 6,820 feet high about 6.5 feet. A significant portion of the downtown meliam from the FEMA floodplain. Removing the will allow for significant redevelopment, which could significantly increase the number and types of full-time employment in the region. “
Whitney Yadrich, a member of the Merriam City Council, said the danger of flooding in the downtown area of Merriam has prevented new businesses from entering the area.
“”The floodplain has made the region’s economy stuffy, “she said.
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