Upgrades to Metro East levees are not likely to be complete until 2015, and that is cause for concern, according to a congressional candidate. Republican Jason Plummer, who hopes to secure the U.S. House seat for Illinois' 12th District, says the process needs to be sped up, and to do so, it will take a certain level of persistence coming from all factions
Frustration in getting the required approvals has been a part of the process for a number of months. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Approved Review Plan finally came in mid-February, six months later than expected. Plummer says uncertainty is killing job growth, and making the residents nervous:
Preliminary construction on the levees is underway, but most of the work is not scheduled to begin until next year. If the levees are deaccredited, the move could negatively impact more than 150,000 residents, 4,000 employers and 56,000 jobs protected by the levees. Plummer (pictured, right) appeared yesterday in Alton with 13th District GOP Candidate Rodney Davis.