— RebuildIndy recently completed the Highland Creek and White River storm water diversion project to remedy decades of persistent flooding in the Frog Hollow Neighborhood.
The project diverts storm water from the neighborhood away from Highland Creek, which typically would become overwhelmed with water during rain events as other streams feed into it north of the Frog Hollow neighborhood. The Frog Hollow project also included water quality improvements to reduce the amount of pollutants reaching the White River.
The national trade publication Storm Water Solutions Magazine recently identified Frog Hollow as one of the best storm water projects in the country in its upcoming "2012 Top Projects" issue.
The Frog Hollow project began in 2010 and remedies flooding issues that have impacted more than 150 structures - predominantly residences - in the area. As a result of the project, approximately 80 percent of storm water flow from Highland Creek will be diverted to the White River using a combination of box culverts, storm sewer pipes, and open channels. The project cost approximately $3 million.
As part of the project, RebuildIndy also transformed a nearby vacant lot that had become an illegal dumping site into a new wetland area. The city removed years of trash and debris from the lot and added native plants and trees that absorb storm water during rain events helping to filter pollutants from the run-off, and creates a haven for birds, butterflies, and animals.
"For the health and safety of the Frog Hollow neighborhood, I am pleased to announce the completion of this project," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "The RebuildIndy program has allowed the city to bring relief to neighborhoods that have been plagued with crumbling infrastructure and drainage issues for far too long in very innovative ways."
For more information on RebuildIndy, visit the website at www.Indy.gov/RebuildIndy.