Construction in a floodplain isn't allowed, Manek said.
Mayor Charles Lamb said there was no flood insurance before 1973 or 1974.
“We just didn't have the mapping to work with,” Lamb said.
City council members on Monday approved a $3.13 million contract with Crossland Heavy Contractors. A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will pay for 75 percent of the contract. The city is responsible for 25 percent of the cost, or $716,003.
Manek said the floodplain will be narrowed so the water will stay in the channel, and the concrete bridge under Longsdale Drive will be replaced with a larger structure.
The contractors have 200 calendar days to get the job finished.
“We know there is going to be a lot of interruption and we apologize,” Manek said. “It will take about a half-million dollars just for the bridge. It is a hard project.”
Wheeler just wants the work finished so her flood insurance payments will go away. She also would have the option to sell her home if it didn't sit in a flood zone.
“If we have any extra money, we want to spend it on the kids,” Wheeler said.