Flooding Outside Levee

The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office utilized its boat last week to survey the extent of Mississippi River flooding in the county. Shown: The north gates of the Urban Design Levee held back the river. (Photo from Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office)

With the Mississippi River at 45 feet 7 inches crest for the second straight day last Thursday, county emergency management director Felix Meyer reported that the city of Ste. Genevieve, protected by the Urban Design Levee, was “looking good.”

Meyer told the County Commission that “a few normal” issues had cropped up during the continued high water, but that things were going well.

Meyer said Division Street, the gravel road that provides access to the Urban Design Levee and the city burn area east of North Main Street, was closed. This was due to “some soft spots,” he said.

A ditch and dirt berm is being planned by Levee District 3 to protect the road against future high water events.

Meyer said people could still walk across the levee, but that he was concerned about driving to it at that point.

He also reported that the levee’s north railroad gate, where water has been seen seeping in, needs resealing. Meyer said he had spoken with the state emergency management director, who said that “of all the levees he deals with, this one is the one he worries about least” due to its construction and ongoing care.

See complete story in the June 12 edition of the Herald.