City unveils well near ethanol plant in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Folks living around the ethanol plant in South Bend are seeing some relief after nearly two years of flooding in their homes.

Wednesday there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil a well installed in the Rum Village neighborhood.

It's been up and running for a couple weeks. For nearly two years since the ethanol plant shut down neighbors have been dealing with flooding in their basements.

The new well cost the city about 170 thousand dollars.

It will pump about 1 point 5 million gallons of water. That's almost as much as the ethanol plant was pumping in its prime.

The city wanted to install its own well as a precaution in case the plant should shut down again.

Project manager from Peerless Midwest, Jason Williams says, “With the uncertainty of the ethanol plant, the city wanted to make sure all contingencies were covered. So the design is conservative, in case they don't pump any water at all it will still protect the homes.”

The new owner of the ethanol plant is in the midst of upgrades and plans to be officially up and running by October.

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