Mayor Graham Richard has proclaimed March 19-23 as Flood Awareness Week in the City of Fort Wayne.

Flood Awareness Week serves as a reminder of the flood mitigation efforts that have occurred since the flood of 1982. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Flood of 1982, which caused more than $50 million in damages.

The City'€™s existing flood protection plan includes $500,000 per year to purchase chronically flooded properties, and a $17 million stormwater revenue bond to construct flood protection projects along the Spy Run watershed, St. Marys River and Fairfield Ditch. Additional work includes improving drainage problems in several neighborhoods experiencing chronic problems.