Grant could help reduce flooding in Wichita

WICHITA — A $550,000 federal grant awarded to the city of Wichita this week will help pay for a drainage plan that could reduce flooding problems for the city and surrounding communities.

City engineers will soon meet with the U.S. Corps of Engineers to find the most important projects to be funded by the grant.

The plan could include buyouts of properties that have been repeatedly flooded.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, submitted the appropriations request on behalf of the city.

Tiahrt and Mayor Carl Brewer praised the multilevel partnership with local and federal governments, saying that projects like this can help protect people from flooding and property damage with less financial burden to local taxpayers.