County still dealing with Council Bluffs levees


January 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Pottawattamie County supervisors are starting over on the nagging question of who’s responsible for repairing the levees north of Council Bluffs. The levees had about a dozen breeches during summer flooding on the Missouri River. However, since the county doesn’t own them and didn’t provide maintenance before the flooding, just who can apply for federal or state funding to fix the problems remains up in the air. Supervisor Scott Belt told the board Tuesday that after the county was told it can’t receive help, government agencies are still asking for information. County Engineer John Rasmussen says he continues to gather information, and if agencies request it, he sends it. The county continues to explore developing a levee district to deal with the repairs.