Schleicher neighborhood properties removed from flood plain

2013-04-18T17:45:00Z 2013-04-19T00:00:06Z Schleicher neighborhood properties removed from flood plainChelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | Some 229 structures in the Schleicher neighborhood are being removed from the floodplain, the city announced Thursday.

Protection from the new Little Calumet River levee system and elevation and property surveys the city initiated in the Northcote Avenue and River Drive area made removing the properties possible, City Engineer Stan Dostatni said.

The removal also lifts the mandatory flood insurance requirements from those properties.

“Removing homes and businesses from the flood plain has been a high priority for this administration,” said Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., in a statement released Thursday. “This will mean a real savings for our residents many of who will save up to $1,500 annually.”

The city is sending letters to the affected property owners.

Dostatni said approximately 90 properties still remain in the flood plain around the Schleicher area because of potential flooding from water becoming trapped behind the levee system. On Thursday, Dostatni said the area experienced back-water issues because of the rainfall.

However, Dostatni said the city is working on a project to install storm sewers, along with curbs, gutters and ornamental lighting, across River Drive to get the rest of the property owners out of the flood plain.

The final leg of the River Drive project from Bertram to Northcote avenues should begin in May, Dostatni said.

In October, the city announced 1,433 homes would be pulled out of the flood plain, along with 1,672 structures in Munster.

Residents with questions are asked to contact Dostatni’s office at (219) 853-6336 or Donald Novak, the city’s flood plain administrator, at (219) 853-6318.

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