Controversial flood wall finished


THE ANGRY PROTESTS OVER A FLOOD WALL PROPOSED ON THE CITY’S NORTH SIDE ALONG THE CENTRAL CANAL JUST NORTH OF BUTLER. THE WALL MEANT TO GUARD AREA HOMES AND BUSINESSES FROM A 100-YEAR FLOOD. TONIGHT OUR MARY MILZ SPOKE WITH NEIGHBORS.. WHO HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THE FINAL PRODUCT. .17 1.10 THIS IS THE ALL-BUT FINISHED FLOOD WALL ALONG WESTFIELD BOULEVARD…THE ONE THAT DREW SO MUCH OPPOSITION. IT’S THE FINAL PHASE OF FLOOD CONTROL SYSTEM BUILT TO PROTECT HUNDREDS OF NEARBY HOMES AND BUSINESSES FROM A CATASTROPHIC FLOOD. SOT IT’S NOT WHAT I EXPECTED, AT ALL WHICH IS GOOD. IT’S PRETTY ASTHETICALLY…WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? A SIX FOOT CEMENT WALL… ANNE HUDSON LIVES ACROSS FROM THE WALL…WHICH HERE IS BASICALLY COVERED IN GRASS. THERE’S ALSO A NEW TRAIL THAT RUNS THE LENGTH OF THE WALL SOT IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND PARK-LIKE BUT I DO QUESTION HOW MUCH MONEY WENT IN. HEADING SOUTH… THE WALL BECOMES MORE VISIBLE… IN MOST SPOTS IT RISES A JUST A FEW FEET OFF THE GROUND. SOT STAND-UP BUT WE DID FIND ONE PORTION OF THE WALL WHICH IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER AND IF GO ON OTHER SIDE.. IN THIS IS THE LOW SPOT IN THE HOLCOMB GARDENS ON THE BUTLER CAMPUS IT’S AT LEAST 8-FEET HIGH. WHILE CREWS MANAGED SAVE SOME OF THE OLD-GROWTH TREES…MANY HAD TO BE TAKEN DOWN… ONE MAN WHO SEES THIS FROM HIS WINDOW CALLS THE WALL A MONSTROSITY. NAT SOT KEVIN ZIMMERMAN TENDS TO AGREE… SOT IT’S NOT THE PRETTIEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN BUT IF IT HELPS GET RID OF THE FLOOD INSURANCE I HAVE TO CARRY I’LL BE BETTER WITH IT. FLOOD INSURANCE COSTS HIM $1,200 A YEAR… OTHERS PAY EVEN MORE. THOUGH HUDSON’S HOME IS JUST OUTSIDE THE FLOOD ZONE, SHE SAYS… SOT I DO THINK IT WILL BE EASIER TO SELL HOUSES RIGHT HERE AND IT WOULD BE EASIER TO REFINANCE… BUT FIRST THE ARMY CORP HAS TO CERFITY THE WALL… AND FEMA REMOVE THE AREA FROM THE FLOOD PLAIN.. WHICH COULD 12-TO-18 MONTHS. .MARY MILZ CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS ANNE HUDSON LIVES ACROSS FROM IT…

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