Flood Plain Management

Floodplain Management

The City of Arcadia has a long history of flooding and the community has suffered significant damage from previous flood events. Situated in a valley where the Turton Creek and Myers Valley drain into the Trempealeau River, Arcadia is susceptible to flooding from all three bodies of water.  Most recently, the City flooded in 2017 as Turton Creek over topped its levee and flood water inundated the downtown area. The City also had a significant flood event in 2010, when Myers Valley Creek over topped. 

Understanding the flooding issue and the fact that a majority of the City's downtown area is in the floodplain and thus susceptible to flooding, the City of Arcadia sought solutions to mitigate flood risk. After the 2010 flood, the City worked with the community to devise a plan to reduce flood risks in Arcadia. The plan consisted of a three pronged approach; 

1) Improve the storm water and pumping infrastructure;

2) Relocated Myers Valley Creek; and 

3) Build levees along Trempealeau River and Turton Creek. 

The City improved its storm pumps in 2012 and relocated Myers Valley Creek in 2016. Currently, the City is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers ("USACE") on the design and layout of a levee along the Trempealeau River and Turton Creek.

In 2021, the City began construction of a $7.2 million internal drainage project.  Improvements to the Cities main pump station and construction of a new pump station along Van Buren Street was completed in September 2022.

As part of the USACE Levee study, the City has developed a Floodplain Management Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide guidance to improve resilience to flooding by minimizing or mitigating the cumulative effects of flooding to quickly recover and lessen or avoid the impacts of flooding to the economy and everyday lives. 

Please take the time to review the Floodplain Management Plan and provide your comments to: 

Angela Berg, City Clerk - [email protected]

Arcadia Flood Plain Management Plan