Officials say levee in Jefferson County will hold

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 7:06 a.m. CDT; updated 9:37 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CRYSTAL CITY — Officials in Jefferson County say a 300-foot topsoil slide on a levee protecting Festus and Crystal City does not endanger the two eastern Missouri towns.

The soil slid about 10 feet on the levee sometime during the last month. The levee protects the two cities from flooding on Plattin Creek.

The Army Corps of Engineers will monitor the 3,600-foot earthen levee, but corps officials say the levee's core is strong.

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan and other officials visited the levee Tuesday. Carnahan says he believes the levee is no threat to public safety.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the corps will remove the affected soil when drier weather arrives. The area will be covered with a tarp until a permanent fix is possible.


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