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Build The Wall For All
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The City of Indianapolis and the Army Corps of Engineers are moving quickly to wall off 325+ homes in Rocky Ripple, Indiana, ensuring future flooding and the destruction of property values, and the destruction of the aesthetics associated with the White River Canal and Holcomb Gardens located on Butler University campus!!! Build the Wall for All is a campaign associated with the Indy Flood Protection Partnership that is fighting to help save the Town of Rocky Ripple, Indiana, and preserve the Canal and Holcomb Gardens. In addition to any contributions, please sign the petition at
A Flood Wall that Would Benefit Us ALL

After countless studies and endless research, there is an option to complete the White River flood wall beyond the Riviera Club and around the neighborhood of Rocky Ripple that financially, logically, and ethically makes the most sense for the good of ALL concerned.

The current City plan (Westfield Blvd Flood Wall) that Mayor Ballard approved in December 2015 and Mayor Hogsett's staff is moving forward with installing a major flood gate on the canal and removing the trees along the east side of the canal along Westfield Blvd. It installs a flood wall between Westfield Boulevard south from Capitol Avenue and extending into Holcomb Gardens. It requires sand bag closure of 52nd St and 53rd St as flood waters rise, sealing Rocky Ripple in the flood waters. This plan protects all properties east and north to Broad Ripple, but it excludes and abandons Rocky Ripple from the FEMA 100-year flood plain. This plan would leave the Butler West Campus property exposed and unprotected. This plan obligates City water rate-payers and City property tax payers to pay at least $16 million for Citizens Water to have an “emergency” intake at 30th Street to provide half the capacity of the canal water supply in case flood waters wash out the canal berm. The total cost of the current City plan will be on the order of $30 Million.

But there’s another, much more logical solution, which is instead to finish the White River flood project with a wall around Rocky Ripple. This option has been estimated to cost $20 - $40 Million. Which is potentially $10 Million more than the current Westfield plan, however the level of protection and benefits are considerably better for ALL concerned, which justifies the greater expense. Let’s look at a plan to build the wall around Rocky Ripple in more detail.
  • The wall around Rocky Ripple would protect everyone that the Westfield Wall protects plus everyone in the Rocky Ripple flood plain. It eliminates the FEMA 100-year flood plain from Broad Ripple down through Rocky Ripple including all of the affected surrounding neighborhoods, Butler University, and the commercial businesses. This is over 1,500 residents and 200 commercial properties.
  • If residents are allowed to work with the project engineers, instead of tearing down some houses in Rocky Ripple that are located along the river, it is possible the applicable homeowners would be financially assisted in moving their homes back from the river the 20 – 30ft that would be required to install the wall.
  • The wall would protect the Citizens Water Utility canal and the water rate payers thus would not need an emergency second intake. This saves the rate payers and taxpayers $15.6 Million dollar for the infrastructure plus the operating costs.
  • It would protect Holcomb Gardens from the flooding conditions of the Westfield Wall and would allow development of the campus on the west side of the canal.

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