Butler Tarkington Neighbors,

We are asking you to take 2 minutes of your time today to let your voice be heard regarding the Flood Wall. All comments are due the the USACE by Friday, September 28th, 2012.
We’d ask you to take a moment to email (Michael.turner@usace.army.mil) your version of the “draft letter” below or mail your comments/concerns to: 
Colonel Luke T. Leonard
District Commander
USArmy Corps Of Engineers
Louisville District
PO Box 59
Louisville, KY 40201

Our “draft letter” highlights concerns already voiced by Butler-Tarkington neighbors. The more letters the USACE receives listing these issues the better. Please feel free to utilize our draft but also include YOUR NAME as the signatory. USACE flood wall concerns from CEG[1] is a letter from Citizens Energy Group that lists their concerns (water supply and sewer back-up) regarding the USACE plans for your review/reference.

Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association points of concern:

  • Health and safety of Rocky Ripple residents;
  • Clearing of trees along Westfield Blvd and the Central Canal;
  • Clearing of trees along Holcomb Gardens;
  • Butler University’s Athletic Fields, Central Canal and Holcomb would likely be destroyed in a flood b/c they are behind the wall. Holcomb Gardens is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Place. The portion of the Central Canal in Butler-Tarkington is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The proposed design would pose a threat to city water supply if there were a flood. The City of Indianapolis acquires 60% of its water from the Central Canal. A flood could wash away the banks of the Central Canal and destroy it permanently or seriously contaminate the water.
  • The floodgate position and design would require a valve on at least one sewer line.  In the event of a flood, sewers could back up into an estimated 5,000 neighborhood homes.
  • A wall would prevent visual line-of-sight security for people using the tow path behind the wall.
  • A wall would alter the aesthetic quality of the area and walls tend to collect trash and serve as canvasses for graffiti.
  • If the project were done as proposed, there is no guarantee that flood insurance requirements for some properties would be removed or reduced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  FEMA must certify the entire project and portions of the project in Warfleigh and Broad Ripple do not currently meet the requirements.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us directly by emailing btnaboard@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your participation and your concern for the Butler Tarkington neighborhood!
Best, BTNA Board