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City to review Wildcat Creek flood plan

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners plan to discuss and give feedback on the Wildcat Creek Flood Management Plan during the Tuesday work session scheduled for 5 p.m. in the City Commission Room at City Hall.

The plan is being developed by Wildcat Creek Watershed Working Group and its sub-committees as part of a joint effort by city, county and Fort Riley officials to reduce the chance of flooding along Wildcat Creek. The plan is only about 38 percent complete. The work session follows a request by the Wildcat Creek Watershed Working Group to receive feedback from the various governmental agencies. The group hopes both city and county commissioners will eventually adopt the plan as part of the 2025 area comprehensive plan being developed and updated by city and county administration.

The Flood Management Plan is a comprehensive list of goals, actions and recommendations to city and county governments that would mitigate losses to property owners during flooding along Wildcat Creek. Some of those suggestions include researching the possibility of creating another taxing authority with a watershed district, create tax incentives for property owners who set land aside for flood water, increase the building codes to further restrict or eliminate building in the 100-year flood plain, provide educational material to the public about flooding, develop an emergency flood plan, install more signs at bridges along Wildcat Creek, and purchase property through federal programs that would create or return land to natural wet lands.

While the plan gives a variety of suggestions to help reduce chance of flooding and loss of property, it is up to city commissioners to adopt or approve any of the recommended changes within the plan. Any changes to building codes, purchasing of property or putting up more signs would require a separate item to be brought before the commission for consideration.

Tuesday’s meeting does not require any action by the commission. The Wildcat Creek Working Group plans to take all the feedback from city, county and Fort Riley administration and finalize the plan in May. Once the Flood Management Plan is finalized, it will be brought back before city commissioners for final approval or rejection as part of the 2025 area comprehensive plan at a later date.

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