CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) — Finally, homeowners in Clinton – especially those living alongside Feather Creek – can stop losing sleep over an age-old threat of flooding.
“We’ve had a lot of flooding here from this creek and it’s devastated people,” Jack Gilfoy, the mayor of Clinton, said Friday morning. “They’ve lost their homes, their cars and their belongings. And it’s just a great thing to see it done! I’m glad for the citizens of Clinton, I think that’s a good thing for them.”
Gilfoy said he’s confident the banks of Feather Creek will hold any impending spring rainfall, in addition to the melting snow and ice. He said the only real threat of flooding would be a backup in the Wabash River, to the tune of taking the mighty Wabash to dangerous depths of at least 26 feet.
Mayor Gilfoy said the Wabash River, currently at roughly 19 feet, is expected to crest on Sunday.
Gilfoy said making Feather Creek flood-proof is a costly project that’s been talked about since 1939. But Gilfoy said it turns out, the new-and-improved Feather Creek, designed entirely by the Army Corps of Engineers, could ultimately see the city of Clinton getting some money back from the project.