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Kokomo Told To Stop Stadium Construction In Flood-Prone Area

State and federal governments say Kokomo's construction of a downtown baseball stadium in a flood-prone area is a violation of a federal hazard mitigation grant the city accepted. 

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the grant requires the city to maintain land along Wildcat Creek as open green space. The city is moving forward with the $9 million project, which includes nearly $3 million worth of flood-prevention efforts along Wildcat Creek.

Both the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have asked the city to stop construction, which began over the summer.

The hazard mitigation grant funds were used to acquire and demolish flood-prone homes along the creek to reduce the risk of flooding. Flooding in April 2013 damaged more than 300 homes.

The IDHS sent Kokomo a letter in late November giving it 60 days to correct the situation. The IBJ reports the city has submitted a corrective action plan.

Kokomo city officials announced earlier this year the stadium would be home to a Prospect League baseball team, the Kokomo Jackrabbits. The team is scheduled to start playing games at the stadium in the spring.

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