Photo by Diane Cox
MSI Construction employees work March 5 along Illinois 3 in Hartford. The construction project is part of the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District’s efforts to rehabilitate levees.
The Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council continues its work along Illinois 3 in Wood River and Hartford.
After the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced its intention to decertify the 74-mile levee system protecting the Metro East, independent flood prevention districts formed within each county. The Illinois General Assembly authorized each district to impose a one-quarter percent sales tax to pay for improvements to the levee system.
Amec Construction Co. broke ground Feb. 8 to install approximately 17 relief wells along Illinois 3 in Hartford and Wood River.
“These relief wells are designed to give relief to the levees,” Hartford village employee Deanna Barnes said. “These wells are giving rain water a path to take rather than floodwaters forming their own path.”
The project is reaching the halfway point and is estimated to be completed in early to mid-April.