The public and media are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the substantial completion of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers flood risk management project protecting the Davenport, Iowa, Iowa American Water Treatment Plant in Davenport, Iowa, announced usace.army.mil.
The ceremony, hosted by the Corps’ Rock Island District, takes place Oct. 24 at 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of the water treatment plant which is located near the intersection of Mound Street and River Drive, across from the East Village of Davenport.
Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba will be on hand to help celebrate as the City of Davenport was the Corps’ primary partner in this endeavor.
The project is part of the Davenport Flood Risk Management project originally authorized in 1970. This particular phase of the project began in September of 2011 with a construction contract awarded to Valley Construction Co. of Rock Island. The current construction cost is $7.9M and the completed project provides a flood wall to protect the water treatment plant which provides drinking water to not only Davenport, but Bettendorf, Le Claire and rural Scott County, Iowa.
The completed flood risk management project includes a 2,000-foot flood wall and 140-foot levee. Also, two 20-foot swing gates were constructed to provide railroad closures and one 20-foot swing gate was installed to provide the capability to close an access road. The overall height of protection equates to a river stage of 31.4 feet. The flood of record in this area was in 1993 when the river stage reached 22.63 feet.
Press Release, October 23, 2013