Levees
5:47 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Council warns Corps over delays in Metro East levee project

The Southwestern Flood Prevention District Council says too much is at stake for any more delays in fixing levees in Metro East. 

Les Sterman, the project's supervisor for the Council says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has so far taken too long in approving plans to work on the levees.

He said their latest plan approval was six months late.

“Essentially we're doing our part," Sterman said. "All we're asking is for the federal agency to do its part in helping us get this project moving.”

But, Bruce Munholand, the Metro East Project Manager for the Corps, says the size of project has required a new process.

“Yes, it is different for us and that is one of the reasons it required a little extra time to get in place,” Munholand said. 

The levees safeguard more than 150,000 residents and 55,000 businesses. They need improvements to be covered in FEMA's national insurance program.