We must have flood protection as soon as possible. We have effective plans for the state and local portion of the funds needed to construct the protection, but need the federal government to finally act on its share.
Some positive steps in that area have occurred lately thanks to Mayor Corbett, Jeff Pomeranz and others, along with our congressional delegation. Czech Village utilities relocations have begun, along with the newly erected levee there and on the Sinclair site, and a new pump station is being constructed to NewBo to pump water back into the river. But these are just the beginning of the comprehensive plan to protect our City.
I join you in worrying every time it rains. Flood protection will be one of my top priorities as mayor and I will continue to find and demand the state and federal funds needed to protect our City, our homes and our businesses from another horrific disaster.