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Leaking Wood River Levee Holding Steady

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ALTON, Il (KMOX)-While they continue working on plans for a permanent fix, the Corps of Engineers says the temporary plan to shore up the leaking Wood River Levee near Alton is working as designed.

Spokesman George Stringham tells KMOX that the strategy of allowing water to pool behind the levee to even out the pressure, has passed its latest test, “With the current river elevations, and those we saw in the past several weeks, we put that plan into action and it actually worked as we thought.”

The Corps took the action after sand boils were found near the Melvin Price Lock and Dam about a year-and-a-half ago.

Stringham says the local Corps is scheduled to submit plans for a permanent fix to the district office next month. He says funding to pay for the permanent repairs, either a sand berm behind the levee or a cut-off wall inside it, wont’ be available until at least late next year.

He tells KMOX that as it stands now, it would take a flood “significantly worse” than the flood of 1993 for the levee to fail.

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