GRAND TOWER, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois legislative measure in
support of a southern Illinois county’s efforts to fix a worrisome Mississippi
River levee is advancing.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers
reported that the Illinois Senate unanimously signed off on a plan to allow
Jackson County to spend up to $1.7 million out of a special fund to help pay for
repairs to the Big Muddy Levee.
The levee is near the 600-resident village of Grand Tower.
Last year, the earthen barrier showed signs of trouble,
including holes blamed on the collapse of a drainage pipe.
The levee was given an unsatisfactory rating in mid-2011,
making it ineligible for federal funds.
The measure now goes to the House for consideration.
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