Flood Protection Upgrades Coming

Installing flood wall closure frame
March 14, 2023

Louisville Metro Flood Protection System to undergo repair, reconstruction, and rehabilitation as part of a major improvement project

The first step has been made to kick off a major project for improving Louisville’s aging flood protection system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District has received $1 million in federal funding to initiate the preconstruction engineering and design phases of the major renovation project.

One of MSD’s key functions is to maintain a complex system of floodwalls and pump stations that keep the Ohio River at bay and the Louisville community safe. Much of that system was built in the 1940s and 1950s and operates with original parts that are no longer available for replacement. The improvement project will include the repair and rehabilitation of 14 pump stations, modifications to two road closure structures, floodwall repairs, and gate repair and replacement. Once completed, the updated system will more effectively and efficiently protect more than 200,000 people, 137,000 structures, and approximately $34 billion in property throughout Louisville Metro.

More funding is necessary to initiate construction, which will be done in phases to account for the size and cost of the project.

Flood protection is just one of three utilities managed by Louisville MSD. The agency is also protects the community’s overall health and safety by providing clean waterways through wastewater treatment, and stormwater/drainage management. 


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