Council OKs design work for drainage project

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
John Chittenden, president of Waters Engineering, shows Sikeston City Council members how a drainage project would affect floodplain designations in the area around Salcedo Road. (Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)

SIKESTON -- Sikeston will get design work for a drainage project which should remove additional areas from FEMA's new floodplain maps.

The Sikeston City Council approved during a special meeting Monday having Waters Engineering do design work for one of two drainage improvement alternatives presented.

That design can then be submitted to the State Emergency Management Agency which will determine by those plans if a revision of the Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain maps will be approved if the work is done according to that plan.

Based on the detailed analysis of the floodplain in Sikeston conducted by AMEC and Waters Engineering, a "significant" portion has already been taken back out of the floodplain area, City Manager Doug Friend said.

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