West Terre Haute begins $1.3 million storm water improvement project

(WTHI Photo) West Terre Haute improves storm water drainage.
(WTHI Photo) West Terre Haute improves storm water drainage.

WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A local town is doing their part to make sure flooding stays out of their streets.

On the southern part of West Terre Haute, many side roads end up having to be shut down when it rains heavily.

A concern among several residents and homeowners. But, now crews are working to fix the problem. New storm water improvements are set in place and a state grant is helping fund the project.

If you look on many side street corners, you will notice there currently are no storm drains currently in place. And when it rains, there’s an issue.

That’s why crews are installing approximately 12 blocks of storm water drainage. That includes concrete pipes of 12” to 30” in size, along with manholes and inlets. Changes are also happening to the Cherry Grove Pump Station site. Those include the adjusting of intake locations and expansion of the existing retention basin.

The project is funded by the CDBG Disaster Recovery funding grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

West Terre Haute received $1 million. The town is also providing $287,000 to pay for the project.

The project totals to just under $1.3 million.

This is phase two of the project. Phase one started almost 8 years ago according to Terry Jones, the Economic Development Planner at West Central Indiana Economic Development District.

Once complete, project officials say residents will notice a major decrease in flooding.

Jones said, “Not as many roads have to be closed off, a lot of the time roads have to be closed off here in the southern part of the town. So the hope is we can collect that water as quickly as we can, get it in the pipes, and get it into the pump and then over to the other side of the levee.”

The 12 blocks of improvements aren’t the only roads that need to be fixed. However, Jones says more funding and work by the city will be needed to make sure those problems are also addressed.

Phase two is projected to be complete by the end of 2016. That also depends on weather.