Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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July 23, 2013

City moving ahead on flood control

Flood-prone properties continue being targeted

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The board of works discussed issuing an order to demolish on one of the addresses, 226 E. Murden St., before accepting the donation of the property. Wednesday, the city accepted a quitclaim deed for a duplex at 216 & 218 E. Murden St.

Goodnight, who met in a private session last week with business leaders, at least one county official and the owners of property in Kokomo’s flood zone, said the city continues to look for properties to acquire in the affected area.

Individuals who attended the meeting said the Carter/Murden area wasn’t the only one city officials are eyeing as potential future sites for flood retention. Areas east of the city, as well as floodplain areas recently filled in as part of the Continental Steel environmental cleanup, were also discussed.

Goodnight said the city is at least a couple weeks away from announcing anything.

“There’s a lot of moving pieces to this: the value of the property, the amount of flood damage, available funds ... just the ability to work out some sort of compromise,” Goodnight said.

He said it was too early to discuss the city’s ultimate goal for the flood-prone area near the creek, but said the property acquisition “is probably in everyone’s best interests.”

The city is expected to demolish the structures it acquires.

“There’s no urgency, but I do feel we have some obligation to help resolve this issue,” he said.

“We’re working to mitigate flooding substantially,” he added. “I can’t say we’ll never have any flooding, but we’re doing what we can to mitigate the severity.”

Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com.

The city of Kokomo now owns these addresses on East Carter and East Murden streets, along with four vacant lots: 224 E. Carter St. 316 & 318 E. Carter St. 225 E. Carter St. 311 E. Carter St. 321 E. Carter St. 222 E. Murden St. 315 E. Murden St. 226 E. Murden St.

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