A groundbreaking and grant announcement were held March 29 to mark the next phase of flood protection for the Town of Bloomsburg.
The proposed project footprint is expected to be an almost mile-long levee system on the town’s southern edge along the Susquehanna River, and includes the Bloomsburg Area School District’s athletic complex, the middle and high schools, around 125 homes, 30 businesses of varying size, and the town’s public works and fire department. It also entails significant storm water and sanitary sewer improvements. This project is 2.5 feet above Tropical Storm Lee.
The total project’s cost is estimated at $17 million. Project construction is anticipated to take 16 months. This project expands on the almost $30 million flood wall that protects about 700 jobs at the Autoneum and former Windsor Foods site.
The Town of Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg Area School District, Columbia County Commissioners, Columbia County Water Mitigation Authority, SEDA-COG, Borton-Lawson, GPI, and various state and federal dignitaries and agencies have worked on this project’s development for roughly 2.5 years.
For the Town of Bloomsburg, this project represents the first phase of residential flood protection in their community.
The Columbia County Commissioners also announced a $1,813,873 Wyoming Valley Levee Raising grant. This funding will support the Bloomsburg Flood Mitigation Expansion project, helping to finance construction costs for the eastern end of the project that cannot be covered through other grant sources. This final funding allocation ensures that the project’s financing has been completely and fully secured.
This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding from the Luzerne County Flood Projection Authority was previously awarded to Columbia County. The Columbia County Commissioners have decided to award these funds for the Bloomsburg Flood Mitigation Expansion project.
The Columbia County Commissioners are delighted to award these vital funds to the project, said Commissioner Chris Young.
“The Columbia County Commissioners are pleased to utilize $1.8 million dollars of their LCFM monies to partner with the Town of Bloomsburg and the Bloomsburg School District to expand flood protection in Bloomsburg,” Young said.
SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) completed this latest grant application with the assistance of the Columbia County Water Mitigation Authority.