NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - The first of six New Albany pumping stations hummed to life Monday as the city moved to stay ahead of rising flood waters.
“As the river levels rise, there’s only a certain amount of time you can see things before they’re under water,” Christopher Gardner, Stormwater Utility and Flood Control District Director, said. “So by starting earlier, you get a better view of what you’re working with to prevent any damages.”
Pumping is underway to address rising water in Falling Run Creek, the city’s largest natural drainage system. Water from the creek cannot empty naturally into the Ohio River at flood stage and must be pumped into the river instead.
Gardner said a second pumping station will go online Tuesday, and a third on Wednesday.
New Albany spent $2.5 million upgrading and rebuilding their pumping system about five years ago.
“The safety and well-being of our city and its residents is the number one priority during events like this,” Mayor Jeff Gahan said. “Critical infrastructure improvements, like the ones we have made recently in flood control protection, really prove their worth during these times.”