Corps, city of Arcadia celebrate partnership on flood risk management project

Posted on February 10, 2021

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mississippi Valley Division Commander Maj. Gen. Diana Holland will be in Arcadia, Wisconsin, Feb. 9 to celebrate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnership with this city.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the city of Arcadia signed a cost sharing agreement to construct a flood risk management project Feb. 1. Holland will meet with city leadership regarding this project.

Arcadia is located south of the Trempealeau River and plagued by recurring flooding. The city’s central business district and Main Street were significantly flooded in 2010 and areas along Turton Creek were flooded in 2017 after a heavy rainfall.

The flood control project will use levees, floodwalls, channel modifications, closure structures, relocations and buyouts to protect Arcadia from flooding from the Trempealeau River and creeks. The project is estimated to cost $38 million, including the value of lands, of which the federal government will pay approximately $8.9 million. Design of the first phase will start this summer and it is anticipated that construction could start in 2022.

“This was a monumental step towards comprehensive flood risk mitigation for the residents and businesses of Arcadia,” said Col. Karl Jansen, St. Paul District commander. “Projects such as this one can only be completed with dedicated partnerships like what exists here.”

The Corps and city began partnering on this project in 2016. A feasibility study was completed in August 2020.

Corps projects, such as this one are authorized and funded under the Flood Control Act of 1948. Section 205 of the Act authorizes the Corps to study, design and construct small flood control projects in partnership with non-federal government agencies including cities.

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