The City of Paducah is continuing its plans to rehabilitate its floodwall. The mayor and city commissioners passed an ordinance Tuesday for a design agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The city says the corps released a feasibility report in 2010 outlining a series of projects to improve the wall’s reliability and to restore its system performance, which includes updates to the floodwall’s 12 pump stations. The entire rehabilitation is estimated to cost $20 million. The design phase is expected to cost $600,000, with the city paying $150,000 of that sum.
Mayor Gayle Kaler says the Corps of Engineers requires the city to maintain the floodwall and that its preservation is important to the wellbeing of residents.
“Without that, our flood insurance would be very expensive. We would have major damages from flood incidents and we have to continually keep that updated,” she said.
During the meeting, Mayor Kaler also named Baltimore Ravens Defensive Tackle Bryan Hall a Duke of Paducah. Hall graduated from Paducah Tilghman High School, and his team recently won the Super Bowl.