S. Indiana city upgrading its flood protections

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana city is pushing ahead with a more than $2 million project to upgrade its flood-protection defenses against the Ohio River.

Crews in New Albany worked Monday to reinstall a second pump that’s part of the city’s ambitious project to refurbish numerous riverside pumps to enable them to turn away more water the next time the river floods its banks.

The News and Tribune reports the New Albany Flood Control District approved a $2.1 million plan last October to upgrade all six water-pumping plants within the city’s jurisdiction. That effort will include remanufacturing 19 pumps and motors at each of the plants.

Those pumps and motors haven’t been improved beyond routine maintenance in some 60 years. New Albany officials hope to complete the project by August 2015.

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