(Kansas City, MO) – KC Water joined Colonel William Hannan Jr., Commander of the Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on a tour of the East Bottoms Levee Rehabilitation Project near Berkley Riverfront Park last week.
“I’m really here to see how it’s going and talk to our folks on the ground who have been managing the project and the contractors that are completing the construction,” said Col. Hannan.
Last year the Missouri River’s high water levels damaged the slope of the levee. These repairs will build up 7-feet of rock fill along the levee toe and a blanket of rock 3-feet thick. This levee is one of several in Missouri and Kansas scheduled for repairs after the 2019 flood.
“This helps the strength of the levee because if there’s a wash-out at the toe of the levee that compromises the integrity of the levee,” said Mort Dastjerdi, KC Water’s Waterways Engineer who also joined the tour.
The city of Kansas City owns and operates the East Bottoms Levee with assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair flood damage.
The East Bottoms Levee Rehabilitation project will be complete in June. Once finished there will be nearly 100,000 tons of rock along the slopes to strengthen the levee against future flood damage.
For more information, contact Heather Frierson, KC Water Media Relations Coordinator email@example.com, 816-513-0280, cell: 816-674-0211
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