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In the past, the approach used to address flooding issues was to move water through the river systems as fast as possible. To accomplish this, areas of the rivers were “channelized” by lining them with concrete in the early 1960s.
During heavy storms, the concrete lining creates fast-moving flow conditions that have claimed drowning victims throughout the years.
In the short term, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), in partnership with the Milwaukee Fire Department, and Milwaukee Police Department, is putting up temporary fencing and signage along some of the concrete-lined areas of our waterways.
Long term, MMSD, along with other partners, is addressing the problem by removing the concrete lining, but this costs hundreds of millions of dollars and will take many years.
Learn about the improvements along the Kinnickinnic River between S. 6th Street and S. 16th Street. (Photo Credit: Eddee Daniel)
Learn about the completed flood management project in Pulaski Park.
Learn more about the various solutions MMSD is working on to reduce flooding of the Kinnickinnic River.