Davenport flood wall completed


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Posted Online: Oct. 24, 2013, 7:13 pm
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By Stephen Elliott, selliott@qconline.com
Davenport officials gathered Thursday to recognize completion of an $11.8 million flood protection wall at the Iowa American Water Company.

Mayor Bill Gluba said the flood wall will safeguard the water supply of about 131,000 people in Davenport, Bettendorf, LeClaire and parts of rural Scott County.

He said the 2,000-foot-long flood wall and 140-foot levee will save Davenport taxpayers from spending money on flood protection measures to protect the water company from Mississippi River flooding.

Mayor Gluba said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood protection project was authorized in 1970, "so it has been a long time in coming."

In 2008, the city of Davenport entered into a project partnership agreement with Iowa American Water Company and the Corps of Engineers to build the flood wall.

"Davenport is so fortunate to have the district office of the United States Corps of Engineers here in Rock Island, for it is these government workers who over the years have done all the engineering, planning and oversight of this flood control project," the mayor said.

The mayor also thanked people in the construction trades.

"These union workers were paid prevailing wage rates, in other words, a living wage," Mayor Gluba said. "They put this money back in our local economy through their purchases of homes, cars, groceries and other consumer needs."












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