The city of Sioux Falls has invested millions of dollars to make sure the city is protected from floods. And it is now getting a lot of that money back.
Public Works Director Mark Cotter brought the good news to an informational session of the city council on Tuesday. He started by saying that the improvements to the levee systems in Sioux Falls, a project started in 1996, are essentially complete. There are some inspections that need to be done by FEMA in the next couple of years, but those should be handled with no issues.
The city invested $10 million into this improvement project with no guarantee that it would be refunded. Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that the city will get its investment back as early as December.
"Mother Nature usually has that last card and for the city to be able to come together and recognize the need and necessity to provide for that flood risk resolution is absolutely essential," Ted Streckfuss with the Army Corps of Engineers said.
Streckfuss says that a repayment of this magnitude has only happened twice in his time with the Army Corps.