The Restoration Project was initiated in 2016 to investigate and implement solutions to alleviate flooding in the area. A large aspect of the project includes the construction of 12 floodplain benches along a 1 mile-plus corridor of lower Sauquoit Creek on Commercial Drive.
A floodplain bench is a low-lying area constructed along water to temporarily store floodwaters. The Sauquoit Creek project will feature three main components: hydrologic, vegative and habitat restoration. The benches are expected to reduce floodwaters.
The first two benches will be built near Dunham Manor Park in early November and should be completed by next summer.
Shaun Kaleta, Town of Whitestown Supervisor, says despite some furstrations from residents, he is optimistic for the future of the project.
"We would like to have all 12 benches contructed in about a 3-5 year period. But the good thing about this project is that it can be done in phases and for each bench that is contructed and built, that will lead to a reduction in flood stage. Obviously the more that we do, the more flood reduction there will be."