WESTSIDE LEVEE, IOWA CITY
After the catastrophic Flood of 2008, the City of Iowa City needed to take preventive action against future flooding. The Westside Levee, stretching from the CRANDIC railroad to McCollister Boulevard, will help keep floodwaters from the Iowa River from reaching nearly 200 homes and many businesses.
At 3,000 linear feet long, the levee will sit on the western bank of the Iowa River. Iowa Bridge and Culvert was awarded the contract to build the levee on April 9, 2013. Construction began in late summer 2013 and is projected to end in autumn 2014. The levee will protect the Baculis and the Thatcher mobile home parks.
MMS’ design includes a new storm sewer, as well as two storm-water pump stations to improve storm-water drainage. The storm-water pump stations are fully automated with sluice gates to allow for gravity flow during low river stages and pumping during high river stages. They include mechanical bar screens and an emergency power generator with automatic power transfer.