The region's aging levees will soon begin a massive repair and upgrade process, with details on the construction schedule having been released. In about a month, the first of the repair work on the Wood River and Metro East Sanitary District levees will begin.
The Flood Prevention District Council and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have agreed to keep the process moving along, according to Rich Conner, President of Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. He says there is a mutual understanding of the urgency to complete the work.
A coalition of business and civic groups, community leaders and residents was formed about two years ago to find ways to raise money and buy time to repair southwestern Illinois' Mississippi River levees. The next step will be to start moving dirt, and that will begin in early June. The Countdown to Completion Clock was recently activated on the Levee Issues Alliance website so that the public will be able to see at anytime if the project remains on schedule or if any issues are resulting in delays that threaten the project time line.