Crews fix leak in levee protecting Hamburg from MO River floodwaters


June 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) – Officials say a leak in a levee protecting the town of Hamburg from the flooding Missouri River has been fixed. The seepage began yesterday evening in an area around a farm drainage pipe.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district construction chief Robert Michaels says the leak has been fixed and crews were reinforcing the sandy ground on the levee’s northern edge. Michaels says the corps will build a 50-foot long berm along the levees edge to reinforce it against any water pushing under the levee.

Corps spokeswoman Sarah Gross says work on the levee was substantially done by this (Friday) morning. Michaels says the corps will continue to monitor and strengthen the levee until the water recedes.