Supervisor: Council Bluffs levees won’t be ready


January 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Pottawattamie County supervisor says he believes repairs on the levee system north of Council Bluffs won’t be ready before spring. Supervisor Scott Belt told the board Tuesday that “there’s no way.” The levees had about a dozen breeches during summer flooding on the Missouri River. County Engineer John Rasmussen says the Federal Emergency Management Agency says in order for the county to get reimbursed for repairs, the county has to prove ownership of the levees or show a record of maintenance. Neither can be done, so that request has been scrapped. The county is now turning its attention to developing a levee district to deal with repairs. A report is expected next week.