BRANSON, Mo – City of Branson Utilities Director, Kendall Powell gave an update regarding the Compton Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Flood Protection System at the August 9, 2022, Board of Aldermen meeting.
The Compton Drive Wastewater Facility is located along Lake Taneycomo, which is at extreme risk of flood damage. Since 2011, this facility has been threatened by floodwaters during multiple flooding events which have resulted in historic water releases from Table Rock Dam. In 2017, the City invested in a portable temporary flood protection system, however, for permanent protection of the facility the City needs to build a flood wall around the perimeter of the facility.
In the August 9 update, Powell said the engineering plans are 90% complete and that the goal is to start construction in early 2023. While a budget for this project has not been set, it is estimated to cost about $15.2 million and is expected to be paid for mostly through grants, specifically from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and an Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant. The rest of the project cost will be funded through the City’s Tourism Tax.
“We are working hard to find as much grant money as possible for this project. We already have grant funding of $13 million dollars and are exploring options to request additional grant funding to be the best stewards of taxpayer's dollars as possible,” said Utilities Director, Powell.
You can watch the update from the August 9 Board of Aldermen meeting in its entirety at BransonMo.Gov/Livestream. For more information about the Compton Flood Wall project, click on the blue tab labeled “City Projects – A Look at Where Our City is Headed” on the City’s website, BransonMo.Gov.