Swope Park Industrial Area Funded to Completion

16 Jul 2018 5:46 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

Integrated flood control within the Kansas City metropolitan area continues to move forward.  MOARC along with its partners, KCIC and KCMO, have been advocating the completion of local flood risk management projects with Swope Park Industrial Area being a priority for the region.  The recent release of the Corps of Engineers (Corps) 2018 Work Plan provides funding to complete construction of the flood protection system for the businesses within the Swope Park Industrial Area adjacent to Blue River.

The Swope Park Industrial Area has coped with periodic flooding for many years.  The most recent flood event in August 2017 led to high-water evacuations after the Blue River overflowed its banks.  The final phase of the project is expected to begin in 2019 and it includes building a flood protection wall and an embankment for a bridge to be constructed in a separate project.  When completed the project will provide protection from a 500-year storm providing significant flood risk reduction protecting lives and businesses in this important industrial area.


Through the Corps Work Plan the federal government will fund $14.2 million for this final phase of construction. The local share of the funding, $9 million, is being provided through Kansas City Stormwater GO bonds. The businesses within the Swope Park Industrial Area have been long-time partners in Kansas City awaiting completion of flood protection for the various niche industries within the industrial area.  Funding under the 2018 Work Plan to complete flood protection for Swope Park follows other recent advocacy successes to include the Turkey Creek Basin, Blue River/Dodson Industrial District, and St Joseph Levees all being funded to completion.  MOARC has long promoted that the strong partnerships along with effective advocacy continues to deliver projects to the area that reduce flood risk, protecting lives and property, thereby strengthening the regional economy.



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