Flooding Information in the River Arts District

The entire Riverside Drive Redevelopment Plan (the Plan) is within the 100-year and 500-year flood plain
  • All 7 of the proposed development areas that the City is planning are within the 100-year and the 500-year flood plain as determined by FEMA (AARRC Riverside Redevelopment Plan dated August 2014)
  • Major flooding in the area occurred in July l916 (Click here for history and pictures) In 1916, the River Arts District was full of businesses and homes.  The flood of 1916 changed all that. 
  • The River Arts District and Biltmore  Village suffered major flooding in September 2004 (Click here for photos)
 A new roadway is planned to go directly alongside the French Broad River (see the Plan)

This plan calls for the potential displacement of 12 Bones.

The original Wilma Dykeman Riverway Plan of 2004 did NOT call for a river directly on the French Broad River.
  • "Cragnolin and RiverLink favor a different plan than the one the city is pushing. RiverLink and community members worked for years formulating the Wilma Dykeman Riverway plan, which in part calls for the roadway to take a straighter path near the Riverview Station studio building, a former tannery — a track that is considerably farther away from the river." (Citizen Times, January 17, 2015, "Big plans, big floods for River Arts District")
The Plan calls for the development of a hotel directly on the French Broad River in this 2.2 mile stretch.

The Plan calls for potential apartments, office and retail space in this flood zone.

Question?  What happens when it floods again?  

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