St. Louis District Corps of Engineers Levee Update
Some levees in the area have been over-topped. This is not unusual for larger floods, when river levels rise above smaller levee heights. Levees over-topped in the St. Louis District include Columbia Bottoms and Kuhs in Missouri and Chouteau Island in Illinois. In the April flood, the following levees were overtopped: Pike Grain No. 4, Kissinger, Sandy Creek, Foley, Cap Au Gris, Winfield Main, and Brevator in Missouri, Vandalia in Illinois. A breach resulting from overtopping on the Chouteau Island levee has been reported and Corps personnel are on site assisting local efforts. Read more.
~The rain-swollen Missouri River has over-topped a pair of levees in far northern St. Louis County. Mike Petersen with the St. Louis office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells KMOX News the Kuhs and Columbia Bottoms levees are both located near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. “These are both pretty small levees with a low level of protection,” according to Petersen. “There’s nobody behind the Kuhs levee district, and the neighboring Columbia Bottoms protects a total number of about twenty people, I believe.”