Friday, March 21, 2008

East St. Louis Levees Fail Test

Published: August 23, 2007

The five levees that protect the metropolitan area of East St. Louis, Ill., from the Mississippi River do not meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s standards for flood protection and will be removed from maps that the agency publishes to record flood vulnerability, government officials said yesterday.


Robert Betts, the city manager of East St. Louis, said it was disturbing to learn “that our entire city could end up in a flood zone.” His city, Mr. Betts said, is struggling with a faltering economy and is working on economic development projects, and so “this is a very, very serious concern to the people of East St. Louis.”

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Here's the FEMA report.

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