We had three affirmative votes. I want to thank Councilmember Sharpe from the 3rd Ward for supporting his constituents in the flood areas, and I would like to express my appreciation to Councilmember Crow for seeing the bigger picture in University City even though his Ward does not experience flooding. If only we could have found one more vote from among those who represent Wards 2 and 3. These are their people, too!
We continue to wait: We continue to wait to hear if the Federal government will fund the Army Corps of Engineers Study of the River des Peres. We continue to wait to hear if MSD will do anything. We continue to wait to see what, if anything, the City will do. We have been told that the $5M bond issue for Park Improvements (Proposition P) will address the River des Peres issues in Heman Park. These changes to the River des Peres will not help the residents in the floodway and floodplain upstream where most of the flooding takes place. We are waiting while our neighbor, Ladue, is acting.
This was not an expensive buyout, but just a needs study and a master plan and something the city is fully capable of and can do. This is in stark contrast to what is being funded in our upcoming budget. Our priorities are clearly misplaced when we generously fund the Mayor’s projects, Fair U City and the Chamber of Commerce, but say NO to addressing our largest and most repetitive natural disaster, which affects many of our residents. Remember there are over 1200 homes in the flood plain - 100 of which are directly in the floodway.
The biggest frustration for those who live with the flooding and for me is that with the Council rejection of this initiative, I cannot bring it back to the Council for one year, according to the changed Council Rules. How long must these residents wait before we do something that could improve their safety and quality of life? To my fellow colleagues I say, please reconsider… please have a heart! We must find common ground. Our people need your attention.