Wichita hopes to secure federal funding to help with flooding on west side

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The city of Wichita will submit a letter of intent to the state, with hopes of securing federal funding to alleviate flooding in the Calfskin Creek basin in west Wichita.

October 1 is the deadline to submit the letter to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. If invited to apply, the city would then submit a grant application to FEMA to help cover the $40 million cost of building two dry detention dams. The improvements would remove 458 acres of land and 149 structures from the 1 percent annual chance floodplain.

Council member Bryan Frye says this work will greatly help with growth in the western part of the city.

The local match would be around $10 million and split between the city and Sedgwick County.

Wood Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. assisted the city in modeling the Calfskin basin flooding events. Their model suggested that more intense and frequent rainfall events are responsible for the uptick in flooding, rather than new development in the area.

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