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Posted 2/26/2015

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Updated March 2018


Location/Description

Arcadia is located in Trempealeau County in west-central Wisconsin, approximately 130 miles southeast of St. Paul, MN.  The city is located on the Trempealeau River, with Turton Creek and Meyers Valley Creek flowing into the Trempealeau River on the east and west sides of the town.

The area is subject to flooding from the Trempealeau River, as well as from both creeks.  The part of town located south of the Trempealeau River is affected by flooding, which includes the central business district, and Ashley Furniture Industries corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility.

The central business district and Main Street were flooded in 2010, and a significant rainfall event occurred in July 2017, leading to damages along Turton Creek.   Future flooding may result in direct damages and the possible loss of more than 4,000 jobs in the community.

Status

The city of Arcadia requested a Section 205 study on June 5, 2013.  A federal interest determination was completed in July 2015.  The city of Arcadia and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a Feasibility Cost Share Agreement on March 28, 2016.  The feasibility study began in October 2016, and a public meeting was held in December 2016.  An economic analysis, completed in June 2017, indicated substantial benefits to support a flood risk management project.

The next steps in the feasibility study will evaluate an array of alternatives and identify the alternative that produces the most National Economic Development benefits. This analysis will be completed in spring 2018, and the Corps will use it to identify the federally-recommended plan. The city of Arcadia will have an opportunity to identify a locally preferred plan at this time.  The study will be complete in November 2019.

Authority

Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948, as amended.

Fiscal

The first $100,000 of Section 205 study costs, used to complete the federal interest determination and develop the study plan and cost share agreement are not cost-shared.  The remaining study costs will be cost shared 50-50 between the federal government and the city of Arcadia. The estimated cost to complete the feasibility study is $1,190,000.

Federal study funds allocated to date:  $550,000.

Under the Section 205 program, up to 65 percent of the design and construction costs are provided by the federal government.  The total federal investment in the project is limited to $10 million. 

The non-federal share of design and construction will be a minimum of 35 percent but it may be as higher depending upon the costs of lands, easements, rights-of-way, relocations and disposal areas necessary for the project, which are the responsibility of the local sponsor. 

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