Illinois Congressman Seek Help For Mississippi River Levee



Members of Illinois' congressional delegation wants the Army Corps of Engineers to use some of the funding included in a spending bill to fix portions of a Mississippi River levee.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, and Republican congressmen Rodney Davis and John Shimkus made the request in a letter also signed by Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart.

In correspondence to Jo-Ellen Darcy, a top Army Corps official, the delegation asks that the corps make fixing the Wood River levee northeast of St. Louis near Alton a priority.

Calling the problem "critical," the lawmakers say the river barrier was negatively affected by a design deficiency in the construction of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam near Alton.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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