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Dubuque flood mitigation project groundbreaking today

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The City of Dubuque is holding a groundbreaking today of the start of construction on the Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration phase of the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project.

A ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Upper Bee Branch Project corridor, near the corner of E. 24th St. and Elm St. The public is invited to attend.

Following the groundbreaking, a project kick-off will take place in Comiskey Park from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Families are welcome to join, as residents can learn more about the project and talk with city staff members.

The Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration is part of a 20-year, $200 million project.

Based on a 2009 Federal Emergency Management Agency study, 1,373 homes and businesses in the watershed are prone to flooding, including 70 businesses that employ over 1,400 people.

The infrastructure improvements will reduce the volume of stormwater, slow the rate of stormwater, and increase the safe conveyance of stormwater.

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