On Apr. 6, the Louisville District joined Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09) in French Lick, Ind., to announce the initiation of a cost-shared feasibility study in the Lost River watershed. Louisville District participants included District Commander Col. Keith Landry, Amy Babey, chief of plan formulation, and Carol Labashosky, public affairs. The Lost River watershed feasibility study is a by-product of the Ohio River Basin Comprehensive Study that will evaluate specific problems and opportunities within the watershed. In March 2008, the 100,000+ acre watershed received close to 7 inches of rain in a 36 hour period. Following that flood event, Hill sponsored a “Flood Summit” to allow stakeholders to come together to work toward a comprehensive action plan to address flooding. The Orange County Flood Task Force was created as a result of that “Summit” and is comprised of local communities, the State of Indiana, the Corps of Engineers, and Hill’s staff. This Task Force meets on a regular basis to discuss measures to address the flooding in Orange County. The Louisville District continues to work with the Orange County Flood Task Force through the Planning Assistance to States (PAS) program to develop database layers to be used in the development of a hydraulic and hydrologic model of the karst flood system in Orange County. The model will then be available for use by the Corps of Engineers, other federal agencies, the State of Indiana and local communities to analyze flood risks as a part of the larger Lost River Watershed Study.
Release no. 10-004