Project in Joplin Aims to Reduce Flooding - KOAM TV 7

Project in Joplin Aims to Reduce Flooding


City crews are hard at work in Joplin on a retention pond at 15th and Murphy Boulevard.

Dan Johnson is a City Engineer for Joplin, and he says the idea behind the pond is pretty basic.

"We're simply removing excess fill and taking it out of there," Johnson says, "By doing that essentially I'm saying I want the flood to happen there instead of someplace else downstream."

That some place is the area between the new pond, and the intersection of 7th and Illinois.

The project is one of three aimed at cutting down flooding in that area.

"That area is very high priority," says Johnson

Because the pond is in the tornado zone, it will be paid for by a state grant, saving the city almost $900,000.

He says that while their efforts will significantly decrease flooding in the area, people should still be careful when there is heavy rain.

"Ultimately no one is safe from flooding. But we sure work hard to spend your money in the smartest way that we can to reduce the frequency to an acceptable level."

The city hopes to have the pond completed by fall of this year.

The other two drainage projects will begin in 2016.
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