ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Flooding issues in a section of the metro east are more persistent and widespread than previously thought. That’s the finding of a new survey of the American Bottom Watershed.

Forty-five percent of those responding to the Heartlands Conservancy survey say they’ve experienced flooding in the past decade, costing them an average of over $11 thousand. Conservancy project manager Janet Buchanon says they knew flooding was an issue in that part of Madison County, but the survey told them some things they didn’t know.

“There’s flooding happening in upland areas where it’s not necessarily in the FEMA flood plain. It’s told us that there’s really high groundwater in a lot of this area, so it’s not just when it rains, but it’s a long time after the rain,” she says.

The Conservancy will discuss the findings in an open house at the Pontoon Beach Village Hall from 6-8 pm Tomorrow. Buchanon says the information will be used to develop a watershed plan to reduce flooding and improve water quality.

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