Fixing a Broken Levee in the ICW is a Sticky Situation


The repair work to a levee that broke on the Intracoastal Waterway earlier this month, is starting the get complicated.

The levee, near the Bay-Walton county line, gave way during heavy rains on July 3 and July 4.

The Army Corps of Engineers is still cleaning-up some of the debris, and has established limited navigation through a restricted channel.

Officials say it's large enough for barges, but it's not a permanent fix.

The Corps received $1 million in emergency funding to restore the levee to original dimensions, but they say it's not enough.

That money will run out Saturday, and the site manager says the levee reconstruction will cost anywhere from $3 million to $5 million, which could take a few months to receive.

But, then there's another hurdle.

The corps will need to line up the equipment needed to clear the concrete and debris out of the channel, which may not be available until November.


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