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Continuing Authorities Program: Flood Risk Management – Section 205, Trempealeau River, Arcadia, Wisconsin

Published Feb. 26, 2015
Updated: April 2, 2020
Purpose

Draft Feasibility Report and FONSI
Appendix A Coordination
Appendix B Real Estate
Appendix C Civil Engineering
Appendix D Geotechnical and Geology
Appendix E (excluded)
Appendix F Economics
Appendix G Interior Flood Control
Appendix H Clean Water Act Compliance
Appendix I Hydraulics
Appendix J Wetland Delineation
Appendix K Cultural Resources
Appendix L Structural Engineering
Appendix M Mitigation
Appendix N Hydrology
Appendix O Floodplain Management Plan
Appendix P HTRW

Reduce the risk due to flooding in the city of Arcadia, Wisconsin.

Location

Arcadia is located in Trempealeau County in west-central Wisconsin, approximately 130 miles southeast of St. Paul, Minnesota. 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 city.

Description

The area is subject to flooding from the Trempealeau River, as well as from both creeks. The part of Arcadia 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 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. The Corps and the local sponsor have agreed to a tentative plan. The plan includes levees, floodwalls, channel modifications, closure structures, relocations and/or buyouts. A draft report with an integrated environmental assessment was published in January 2020. A hazardous, toxic, radiological waste (HTRW) survey will be completed in spring 2020. The study will be complete in summer 2020, with the final report approval in fall 2020. Following report approval, the Corps and the city of Arcadia will be able to proceed with signing a project partnership agreement for the design and construction phases of the project.

Authority

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

Funding

Federal funding under the Section 205 program is limited to $10 million. The first $100,000 is for the determination of federal interest study, which is 100 percent federally-funded. The feasibility phase is cost-shared 50/50 between the federal government and the local sponsor. The design and construction phase is cost-shared 65 percent federal (up to the federal limit) and 35 percent local sponsor.

The following is the estimated financial breakdown of the three phases of the project.

Phase

Federal Share

Non-Federal Share

Federal Interest Study

$100,000

$0

Feasibility

$1,005,000

$1,005,000

Design And Construction

$8,895,000

$27,905,000