Many residents in the Bee Branch Watershed have experienced repeated flash flooding from stormwater during heavy rain events, including six Presidential Disaster Declarations since 1999. As a result, they are living with residual structural issues, electrical hazards, and chronic mold and mildew problems.
The Bee Branch Healthy Homes Resiliency Program includes $8.4 million in the form of forgivable loans to improve 320 housing units, including owner-occupied homes, single-unit rentals, and small, multi-family residential units. Funds will be awarded to properties where low- to moderate-income residents reside and used to make repairs and implement onsite stormwater management principles to decrease environmental health and safety issues from flooding.
A variety of repairs and renovations will improve housing conditions and make homes more resilient to future flooding.
• Foundation repairs and modifications
• Water and sewer service improvements
• Furnace replacement
• Water heater replacement
• Basement window repairs
• Mold and mildew remediation
• Lead paint and abestos remediation
• Sidewalk improvements
• Sump pumps repair/installations
• Property drainage improvements
In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the City of Dubuque $31.5 million in disaster resiliency funds for the Bee Branch Healthy Homes Resiliency Program and stormwater infrastructure improvements including the Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culverts and West Locust Street and Kaufmann Avenue storm sewer projects. The City of Dubuque partnered with the State of Iowa to apply for the federal funds through the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), which invited communities that experienced natural disasters in 2011, 2012, or 2013 to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.
Map of Areas Eligible for Assistance
An interactive map identifying areas of the watershed that are eligible for assistance is available.
Click here to view the map and search by address. The eligibility areas are marked in red.
Properties located in an eligibility area must meet additional eligibility requirements in order to apply for assistance. Additional information regarding those requirements will be available as City staff develops plans for community outreach related to the Bee Branch Healthy Homes Resiliency Program. For questions about receiving assistance, call the Housing and Community Development Department at (563) 589-4230.
Bee Branch Creek Railroad Culverts
The City received $9 million to install six 8-foot diameter culverts utilizing tunneling methods from the Lower Bee Branch Creek, approximately 165 feet through the Canadian Pacific railroad right-of-way, to a proposed junction box. It also includes the construction of five 12-foot wide by 10-foot high box storm sewers from the proposed junction box two hundred feet north toward Garfield Avenue and the Upper Bee Branch Creek. The total cost for this component of the Bee Branch Project is estimated at $18 million, with the remaining funds already in the City budget.
22nd Street / Kaufmann Avenue Storm Sewer
The City received $11.5 million to increase the capacity of the stormwater management system from Central Avenue to Kane Street. The improvements consists of a 10-foot by 6-foot reinforced concrete box storm sewer from Elm Street along 22nd Street to the west and continuing under Kaufmann Avenue to Kane Street. Improvements also include large high-capacity inlets placed in the terrace along Kaufmann Avenue to capture overland drainage. In addition, 80 standard single-grate inlets will be installed and connected to the new box culvert. The project includes the reconstruction of the street and the relocation of underground utilities along the entire length of the project within the street right-of-way.
17th Street / West Locust Street Storm Sewer
The City received $2.6 million for improvements to the West Locust St. storm sewer. It includes the installation of a 96-inch diameter pipe from the Lower Bee Branch Creek west through the railroad tracks owned and operated by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. A 10-foot by 5-foot box storm sewer is proposed from just west of the railroad tracks to West Locust Street approximately 280 feet west of Angella Street. In addition, a 10-foot by 4-foot box storm sewer is proposed from 280 feet west of Angella Street to 400 feet west of Kirkwood Street, and a 8-foot by 4-foot box storm sewer is proposed from 400 feet west of Kirkwood Street to Rosedale Avenue. Improvements also include several high-capacity inlets and approximately 100 standard capacity inlets along the project corridor. Finally, the project includes the reconstruction of the street and the relocation of underground utilities along the entire length of the project within the street right-of-way.