Morningside Flood Infrastructure Project

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The Morningside neighborhood has several low or landlocked areas that are prone to flooding.

The City Council recently adopted a Flood Risk Reduction Strategy identifying four areas of work:

  • Infrastructure
  • Regulation
  • Outreach and Engagement
  • Emergency Services

Anticipated roadway reconstruction in the Morningside neighborhood in 2022 and 2023 presents an opportunity to explore infrastructure-based solutions to managing flood risk. This is the first project to engage a neighborhood and plan flood infrastructure under the new strategy. The result of this work will be a recommendation to the City Council on infrastructure options to address some of the flooding issues in the Morningside neighborhood in conjunction with the future roadway reconstruction projects.

We want to hear from residents about their experiences, their concerns and what they think about proposed solutions. The latest data, concepts, and opportunities for residents to provide input as this process continues can be found on this page.

For more in depth information about the development of the Flood Risk Reduction Strategy and resident Task Force work, visit the Water Resources Library.

The Morningside neighborhood has several low or landlocked areas that are prone to flooding.

The City Council recently adopted a Flood Risk Reduction Strategy identifying four areas of work:

  • Infrastructure
  • Regulation
  • Outreach and Engagement
  • Emergency Services

Anticipated roadway reconstruction in the Morningside neighborhood in 2022 and 2023 presents an opportunity to explore infrastructure-based solutions to managing flood risk. This is the first project to engage a neighborhood and plan flood infrastructure under the new strategy. The result of this work will be a recommendation to the City Council on infrastructure options to address some of the flooding issues in the Morningside neighborhood in conjunction with the future roadway reconstruction projects.

We want to hear from residents about their experiences, their concerns and what they think about proposed solutions. The latest data, concepts, and opportunities for residents to provide input as this process continues can be found on this page.

For more in depth information about the development of the Flood Risk Reduction Strategy and resident Task Force work, visit the Water Resources Library.

  • Staff Presentation to City Council - September 21

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    Staff will present a project update to the City Council at their September 21st meeting.

    We'll plan to fairly summarize what we heard from the neighborhood and describe how feedback was considered in developing the design.

    Please send along your feedback and questions on the 30% design concepts in the next couple of weeks. You can tell us what you think at any time, but it will be most helpful if we could hear from you sooner.


  • Submit your feedback

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    Thanks for the conversations and questions so far.

    Submit your feedback via the Ideas Tab or call/email staff.

    Give us your feedback in the next couple of weeks. We'll use what we learn from you as we go to the next level of design details.

  • Available now - initial design concepts

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    Design concepts are available for download in the documents section.


    We hope you'll join us for the outdoor open house tomorrow, August 17th from 4-6pm at the permanent hockey rink in Weber Park.

    How to submit input

    • Join us in Weber Park from 4-6 p.m. to review the plans and talk with staff.
    • Share your reactions and ideas on the Ideas Tab.
    • Call or email a staff person.

    What exactly does "30% Plan" mean?

    A 30% design is a milestone in which the major design elements of the project are laid out and baseline scope and timeline are established. This first set of design plans will not have a lot of details - this is an opportunity to get a big picture feel for the project. The design plans will get more detailed and fine-tuned as staff works through 60%, 90%, and eventually 100% design.

  • Soil and sediment investigation - next week

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    During the week of August 9th, crews will be collecting soil and sediment samples in Weber Park, Weber Woods, Weber Pond, and the Lynn/Kipling Inundation Area.

  • Initial Design Open House - August 17th

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    See and share your input on the initial design of flood infrastructure in the Morningside Neighborhood.

    4-6 p.m. Tuesday, August 17th at Weber Park (4115 Grimes Ave S.)

    Materials will also be posted on the project website.

  • Survey work continues

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    Survey of the streets, parks, utilities, and other public spaces is mostly complete. More survey of home elevations is expected in the next couple of weeks. Surveyors will be in the neighborhood walking onto boulevards and front and backyards to obtain ground elevations and elevations of low openings (doors and tops of window wells). People conducting this work will be clearly marked in orange construction vests.

    You may also see crews routinely collecting data from groundwater monitoring wells in the park and other public areas.

  • Historical Aerial Photos

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    Historical aerial photos show the neighborhood before and after Weber Pond and the inundation area between Lynn and Kipling were constructed.

    Available for download in the Photo Gallery.

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  • Weber Pond sample collection

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    **UPDATE** This work has been rescheduled for the first week in June.

    Sediment sample collection is planned for next week. You can expect to see two people in a small boat on Weber Pond collecting samples from the pond bottom. The information will be used to plan proper disposal of excavated material.

  • The Field Work Begins

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    Field work is well underway. Crews have been out working on a tree inventory and ecological resources survey in the park, woods, and pond areas.

    Over the next month, surveyors will be in the neighborhood walking onto boulevards and front and backyards to obtain ground elevations and elevations of low openings (doors and tops of window wells). People conducting this work will be clearly marked in vests with Sunde company logos.

    Also this month, crews will be out drilling groundwater monitoring wells and collecting soil borings in the park, right-of-way, and easement areas.

  • City Council Approved

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    City Council approved the staff recommendation with no changes. This means the concept design developed in this phase will move into a detailed engineering and landscape design phase.

    Council members and staff acknowledged the participation from the neighborhood and could identify specific examples of how input added value. Thanks!