Dodson Industrial Flood Control Project

03 Apr 2018 5:35 PM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

Partnerships to invest in flood protection within the Kansas City metropolitan area continue to move forward!   The final phase of the flood control project to further reduce flood risk in the Blue River Basin – Dodson Industrial District has been initiated.  The kickoff of the final phase of the construction for the long awaited levee completion was celebrated by KCMO City officials, other dignitaries, and Congressman Cleaver on 2 March.  The groundbreaking initiates the final phase of a five phase project and will result in a 500-year level of protection for the Dodson Industrial District.  The industrial park located along the Blue River in the south–central portion of Kansas City, Missouri, has been subjected to repeatedly flooding from the Blue River resulting in damage to private businesses and public utilities, and risk to public safety. 

The final phase of the project is construction of nearly a mile of earthen levee that will connect existing upstream and downstream features into an integrated levee-flood wall system to provide reliable flood protection for the companies, service providers, and people within the Industrial District.  Important to the metropolitan area, the Dodson Industrial District represents a property investment of nearly $380,000,000, made up of a public works facility and 30 commercial/light industrial firms, employing 1,500 people.  Construction was initiated in 2003 with the final phase currently underway being completed in 2020.  The final phase of the project is being funded by revenue from the GO KC  bonds totaling more than $7.5 million plus $17 million from the federal government.  The funding participation and completion of the project represents thecontinued success of partnerships with area industrial and river associations, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Congressional offices, and the US Army Corps of Engineers in addressing long term flood control needs for the Kansas City region. 


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