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Jefferson City still trying to repair damaged levee

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Flooding along the Missouri River in Jefferson City.


Months after floods affected large areas of Missouri, work is still being done to repair the damage left behind.

Jefferson City Public Works spokesman Britt Smith said the city recently submitted paperwork to the Army Corps of Engineers to start repairs at the Capitol View Levee. The paperwork contains access rights for nearby private property and easements to allow the corps to begin the repairs.

Britt Smith, Jefferson City Public Works operations division director. Photo courtesy of the City of Jefferson.

Smith wanted to start the repair work before spring. Forecasts show higher than normal precipitation this winter could lead to another flooding event in 2020.

Smith said he hopes the work will begin soon.

"It is my hope and my prayer that we have the levee repaired and that the river levels aren't as high," Smith said.

When asked about a recent preliminary report from a state flood advisory group, Smith said the report was a step in the right direction.

"The rivers are an important aspect of life in Missouri," Smith said. "We need to do more than simply repair the damage, instead of just repairing our levees, we should work on improving them."

The same report outlines ways the state government, the corps and federal partners can work together to avoid another flooding disaster in 2020. Members of the Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group will continue meeting throughout the year to work on the report. The group's final report is expected to be submitted to Gov. Mike Parson on May 31.

The deadline for levee managers to apply for federal assistance and flood damage-control projects is Jan. 15. Army Corps members said the flooding event from 2019 officially ended Dec. 16. In that amount of time, 94 levees requested damage assistance.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.


1 Comment

  1. As everyone repairs levees and speaks climate change the issue overlooked is the series of dams built on the upper Missouri for navigation and flood control have been compromised by tourism and now holding more water than intended to keep a full pool lake so the tourism business will have enough water to be appealing and float the docks. The result is waiting until to late to open the gates and drain the lakes off with large runoffs coming in for if it’s let go and doesn’t refill as predicted and the docks quit floating there will be hell to pay for the people in charge which is the Corp of engineers, meanwhile downstream rebuilds when the flooding will continue as the flooding is engineered by the Corp of engineers.

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