City council approves second contract of Flood Protection Mitigation Project

At this weekâ??s city council meeting, the Ottumwa City Council approved a second contract of the cityâ??s flood protection and mitigation project.

The $16.2 million project consists of the installation of a large diameter storm-water drainage pipe from Gateway to McLean Street and then from West Main Street to McPherson Avenue. The project is still in the first phase, and will be completed through a series of three phases.

â??The contract that we just let is a second part of the same project, but because of time constraint, we're designing it and letting it as we get sections designed,â?? Public Works Director Larry Seals said. â??Under this project, we have to do a gatewell structure and a water pump station. It's about 220 cubic ft. to Second.â??

Seals says this phase of the project should prevent the flooding down to Gateway during heavy rain. Next month project managers will seek bids, which includes a flood wall and protection of the water treatment plant. FEMA has scheduled the entire project to be complete by December 2015.