Drainage project designed to hold back 3.5MM gallons of rain
COVINGTON, Ky. – From Montague Road, or “below,” the view of the officially named “Amsterdam Valley Regional Detention Basin” is of the downstream side of an earthen dam.
But from above, on the “new” two-way Amsterdam Road, the view conjures up the image of a massive swale leading to a deep but unfilled moat.
In extremely heavy rain, that “moat” is designed to capture up to 3.5 million gallons of rainwater, fulfilling the engineering purpose of what its name suggests: Detain storm water so it doesn’t pour down off hillsides and down streets to flood homes in the Lewisburg neighborhood below.
The project is part of the $70 million home community called Park Pointe being built by Joshua One on 27.7 acres on the Covington-Park Hills border. It fulfills a drainage requirement by Covington leaders before they granted approval of the project in 2018.
Tuesday morning, officials from the two cities, Joshua One, and Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky, which worked with the developer to design and build the basin, held an informal ceremony to mark the completion of the detention pond.