Controlling Flood Waters in Austin

Posted at: 07/10/2014 5:30 PM
By: Dan Conradt

ABC 6 News
ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's one of the most visible parts of Austin's ongoing flood control efforts, and the hope is that it will one day keep Main Street dry when the water levels go up.

“Work right now is focusing on finishing up the concrete flood wall," Austin city engineer Steven Lang told ABC6.

The flood wall runs along the east side of North Main Street, between the roadway and the mill pond. Piers will hold removable panels that would be inserted during periods of high water to make the wall even higher.

"When that is complete here in the next couple of weeks they will be finishing up the storm sewer construction, and then they will start building the road back up," city engineer Steven Lang explained.

The project also involved raising the elevation of a stretch of North Main Street by two feet.

"We're looking at November for having the road completed and back open to traffic," Lang told us. “There's been some delay in the work due to the high water event we had three weeks ago. If we continue to get more rain and more wet weather it could easily be delayed, but right now I would say we're sitting pretty good on the schedule."

This part of Austin's flood control project carries a 14-and-a-half million dollar price tag.

It'll be funded through a combination of state and federal grant money, and a local option sales tax.

"I anticipate there will be some work that carries over into the spring. Some of that restoration, sodding will carry over into the spring of 2015," Lang said.