The Augusta levee is still slightly ahead of schedule as the August 30, 2013 completion date draws near.
The project will enhance the City's levee system from 100-year flood protection to 500-year flood protection.
Once complete, FEMA will proceed with their floodplain mapping process. The new improvements should protect homeowners from having to purchase flood insurance. The project began after the 1998 flood and is currently over halfway through the construction phase.
The Corps of Engineers estimates that 86 percent of the work is completed – one percent higher than expected at this point. The project had been further ahead of schedule but several weather delays have slowed the progress on the project.
The work currently ongoing includes:
• Preparation for paving Thunder Rd.
• Erection of two metal buildings to be used for flood prevention materials.
• Forming a foundation for the Douglas Stop Log structure.
In the coming weeks, the work will continue on:
• Seeding and planting trees in the southern borrow area.
• Placing fill from Kelly to Highland Ave. so that both roads could be reopened by June 14.