The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues with upgrades along the Wood River Levee and at Metro East Sanitary District locations. Upgrades to this point have included repairs to closure stations, pump stations and relief wells. Now it's on to a plan to reduce underground seepage from the Mississippi River. You can currently drive the Berm Highway and see crews set up on top of the levee taking sub-surface samples
Program Manager Tracy Kelsey says as they continue to receive funding, they will keep moving forward with design and construction.
She says there are actually two projects underway right now. The federal project is focused on bringing the levees back to their full level of protection while the Southwest Illinois Flood Prevention District has a project to bring the levees back to the 100 year level - necessary to maintain FEMA certification. The upgrades and recertification of the region’s levees could be completed within the next five years.