The public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed Loves Park Creek Flood Protection Project at 11 a.m., Aug. 2. The ceremony will be at Windsor Road at the South Lake (across from Rockford Health Systems) in Loves Park.
The Loves Park Creek Flood Protection Project is part of a joint effort between the City of Loves Park and the Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect industrial and residential areas from recurrent flooding.
The ceremony will include remarks by Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan), the Mayor of Loves Park, the Commander of the Rock Island District Corps of Engineers, and officials from the City of Loves Park.
I congratulate the City of Loves Park and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their hard work over the last several years to solve this problem, Manzullo said. Now that this project is completed, residents of Loves Park will no longer have to worry every time it rains. In addition, they will save a lot of money in flood insurance premiums that will no longer be necessary.
The Loves Park Creek Flood Protection Project consists of approximately 18,000 lineal-feet of improved channels and 236 acre-feet of storm water runoff flood storage in the Windsor Lake system. Since construction began in 1992, the project has reduced flood damages to the City of Loves Park.
The overall project cost including all planning, design, construction contracts, rights-of-way, and road and utility relocations was approximately $30 million. The project was cost-shared between the Federal government (75 percent) and the City of Loves Park (25 percent, which includes state funding).