On Friday, the Indianapolis Star ran an article discussing the floodwall plan proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Central Canal adds a bucolic charm to the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood. When they want to go fishing, all George Fleetwood and his 6-year-old son, Hank, have to do is walk across the street.

But the view and direct canal access that attracted those who live along Westfield Boulevard could soon be replaced with a floodwall as high as 6 feet.

The wall is a recent addition to the third and final phase of a 15-year-old flood protection plan backed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It aims to prevent the White River from spilling into several neighborhoods on Indianapolis’ Northside during a 100-year flood.

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Last week, WTHR ran a story about the floodwall plan.

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Indianapolis – Residents of a north side neighborhood fear they could be living with Indy’s version of the Berlin Wall. The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending construction of a concrete flood wall along the east side of the Central Canal from Capitol and Westfield Boulevard to Butler University.

The wall would range from one to six feet in height and require a 15-foot root-free zone on both sides.

Neal Bloede is president of the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association. He calls the plan “ill-conceived.”

“This wall would cut off access to the canal and eliminate a lot of trees,” he said. “The canal and towpath [a city greenway that runs along the west side of the canal] are real assets to the city and I’d hate to see them irreparably damaged.”

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