A project to prevent future flooding in Arcadia got a major boost this week when the city's biggest employer donated $300,000.
Ashley Furniture's donation will help the city complete the $1.5 million project, which involves constructing a new channel for Myers Valley Creek.
When the creek flooded in September of 2010, it caused millions of dollars' worth of damage.
Ashley backed out of the project in March of 2015, complaining that the state of Wisconsin's $6 million in tax credits wasn't enough to fix the problem. The cost of the project dropped by $2.4 million when Ashley developed a 6-acre property for truck parking by removing 600,000 cubic yards of material. Ashley officials say they also contributed "6 acres of premium industrial land and provid(ed) hundreds of hours of in-kind services through its engineering, legal and public relations staff."
Construction of the new channel began last May when 125,000 cubic yards of material were excavated to form the new channel.
“The City of Arcadia appreciates Ashley’s collective contributions to this project," said Arcadia mayor Rob Reichwein. "Ashley is pivotal to our economy and it is our privilege to work with them. The Myers Valley Flood Control Project helps protect residents and businesses from major flash flood events, allowing them to focus on more important things.”