As the federal government continues to consider whether to decertify area levees, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is apparently dealing with frustration in getting the required approvals. The council received the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Approved Review Plan in mid-February, six months later than expected.
The plan to improve the levees to withstand a 100-year flood was announced last June. Les Sterman, chief supervisor of construction for the Flood Prevention District Council, says it's a plan that will be complete by 2014, and may cost a little less than $160-million.
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. The project is still in the design phase.