The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a ribbon cutting Thursday, October 24th to show off its new flood wall along Davenport’s riverfront.
Crews held the ceremony at the new Iowa American Water treatment plant off River Drive and Mound Street. About 30 people showed up to celebrate the event.
Iowa American Water officials say they’ll benefit greatly from the project. They say their new building at the intersection of Mound and River Drive will be protected from major floods.
Funding for the project started back in 1970. The flood wall is 2,000 feet long. The Mississippi River would have to reach a height of 31.5 feet to top the wall. In comparison, the Mississippi reached a height of just 22 feet during the flood of 1993.
Iowa American Water will use rate hikes on residents to help pay for the project. That increase may be as little as 50 cents a month.