Does Valley Park’s Levee Exceed the Army Corps of Engineers Height Recommendation?

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Valley Park’s Mayor Mike Pennise is declining to comment on allegations that his city’s levee is higher than the authorized height.

 Washington University Professor Bob Criss raised concerns in February. Criss tells KMOX, the engineering firm of Pickett, Ray & Silver surveyed the levee, and found it’s at least five feet over what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized.
 
Criss says “improper developments in flood planes, as long as we keep encroaching on the rivers and as long as we continue sticking more cement, high levees and navigational structures that are constricting our rivers, it’s going to make a flooding problem worsen and worsen.”He points out that Valley Park stayed dry, but surrounding communities such as; Eureka, Fenton, Kirkwood and Sunset Hills were inundated with flooding in December.(TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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