GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOX) – Rehabilitating an aging levee system and designing deficiency corrections. That is just two of the tasks the Army Crops of Engineers face with the Federal Levee Project.
The first of two open houses on the project were held Wednesday night.
St. Louis District Commander Col. Christopher Hall said the purpose of the meeting was to give residents a chance to see first hand the progress and future of the Metro East levees.
“Folks who live in the area sort of understand what we’ve been doing in the general sense,” he added.
The 75.8 mile system of levees protects an 111,700 acre area including parts of Alton, East St. Louis, Wood River, Granite City, Cahokia and Columbia, Ill. More than 280,000 residents and workers, as well as roughly $4.8 billion worth of property, industry and transportation infrastructure.
Hall said residents are mostly concerned about under seepage and where the current weak spots are.
The next meeting will be Thursday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the National Great Rivers Museum at number two Lock and Dam Way in Alton.
People can ask the experts questions about the federal levee projects in East Saint Louis and Wood River, along with general levee safety.