Radcliff to seek money for flood control project

Using a monitor in the council chambers to point out details, Robert B. Campbell of the Louisville-based engineering firm QK4 explains the North Logsdon Parkway flood mitigation plan at Monday’s Radcliff City Council meeting. The city plans to seek a federal grant to steer storm water away from residences in the 70-acre area.

Radcliff is moving ahead with plans to seek federal money for its next flood control project after council members received assurances Monday neighborhood objections would be addressed.

Council members received a 36-page executive summary outlining the North Logsdon Storm Water Master Plan and heard from representatives of a Kentucky’s hazard mitigation grant program at its monthly work session.

A decision to table the grant application in May based on residents’ objections looked to be the end of an opportunity to access available grant money designated for Kentucky by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But the final deadline for filing the application actually is this week, according to Esther White and Brian Gathy, who coordinate mitigation grants under a University of Kentucky contract with the state.

The plan, which called for development of two new water retention basins and work on enlarging or improving 11 others, will be modified to eliminate a proposed basin off Ryan Court.

Contract engineers who developed the plan and City Engineer Toby Spalding said an alternative that retains the same volume of water at a similar cost was ready to submit.

Councilman Edward Palmer Sr. wanted to ensure the revisions could be in place by Thursday’s deadline set for the FEMA applications. He stressed the removal of Ryan Court should be in the submitted plan and not subject to an amendment later.

The council also was told no land would be taken by imminent domain for the project. All land or easements acquired must be voluntary, officials said.

After receiving those assurances, the council informally authorized Mayor J.J. Duvall to move ahead. A formal council vote is anticipated as part of its July 16 regular meeting.

The flood control plan includes documentation of 1997 and 2008 flood damage in the 70-acre watershed and cites studies from the Kentucky Geological Survey and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to emphasize the need.

The area to be served is on the north end of Radcliff near Fort Knox. Retention basins listed in the plan carry names of subdivisions and roads such as Timberwood, Kingswood, Bramblett, Woods Hollow, Red Hill Road, Darlene Court, Armour Lane and Raven Street.

Radcliff previously paid for a detailed hydrology study of the area, which include a computer simulation depicting the impact of a seven-inch rainfall with a 24-hour period.

Robert B. Campbell, vice president of QK4 engineering company, told council the plan’s objective was to ensure all residences in the area would be safe from groundwater in the event of a 100-year flood event.

He said the threat of flood water entering the first floor exists for 96 homes in the area. That hazard would be erased, he said, once this plan is fully implemented.

While Kentucky has access to FEMA money required for the $2.4 million request, the necessary review process could mean as much as two years before work can begin.

Radcliff is on the verge of completing a similar comprehensive flood mitigation effort on the city’s south side. Spalding said a couple months of final work remains on the project which impacted areas including South Wilson Road and Centennial Avenue.

Ben Sheroan can be reached at 270-505-1764 or bsheroan@thenewsenterprise.com.

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