The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District will host two open houses in November to inform stakeholders and the public on the progress and future plans for the federal levee projects in the Metro East.
The 75.8-mile system of levees in the Metro East includes Wood River Drainage and Levee District, Metro East Sanitary District, Chain of Rocks and Prairie Du Pont and Fish Lake Levee Districts. The levee system protects an 111,700-acre area. More than 280,000 residents and workers are protected by these systems, as well as roughly $4.8 billion worth of property, industry and transportation infrastructure.
The Corps of Engineers is working on the rehabilitation of the aging levees, as well as design deficiency corrections for this critical infrastructure in partnership the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council and the local levee districts. To date, the Corps has invested more than $134 million toward lowering flood risk to the people and residents in the Metro East.
The open houses will serve as a place for people to ask questions and gain information from technical experts regarding the federal levee projects in East St. Louis and Wood River, Ill., levee safety, permitting and regulatory programs. General information will also be provided on levee structure and stability, and the Corps’ levee inspection and rehabilitation program.
The open houses will be held at the following dates and locations:
– November 13, 2013
Granite City Township Hall
2060 Delmar Ave., Granite City, Ill. 4-6 p.m.
– November 14, 2013
National Great Rivers Museum #2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton, Ill. 4-6 p.m.
Press Release, November 1, 2013