Residents in a northeast Nebraska community hope a creek channeling project will bring new development.
Middle Logan Creek cuts through Randolph, placing much of the city in a federally designated flood plain. The designation requires many residents to have costly flood insurance. Other regulations affect the city’s construction of new buildings or renovations to existing ones.
Residents last month voted in favor of a 1.5-cent sales tax increase needed for an up to $14 million project to widen and deepen approximately 1 mile of the creek and remove 131 structures from the flood plain, the Sioux City Journal reported .
City administrator Kelsey Backer said the project would reduce the city’s flood risk. She said she believes that the flood regulations have discouraged development over the years.