The region's aging levees are in the midst of a massive repair and upgrade process. On Wednesday, the Levee Issues Alliance announced its support for the decision by the Flood Prevention District Council to perform work on two levee projects designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The projects are designed to stop under-seepage along about 8,000 feet of existing levees in the Wood River Drainage and Levee District.
The cutoff walls are still in the design phase. Mike Petersen, Chief of Public Affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District, says this project is getting the attention of national leaders as well as local government bodies.
A coalition of business and civic groups, community leaders and residents was formed several years ago to find ways to raise money and buy time to repair southwestern Illinois' Mississippi River levees. The Countdown to Completion Clock is placed on the Levee Issues Alliance website so you can see at anytime if the project remains on schedule or if any issues are resulting in delays that threaten the project timeline.