Monday, March 18, 2013
Construction of a new levee on the west side of Augusta in Butler County is ahead of schedule.
The Augusta Daily Gazette reports the levee is expected to be completed by the end of August. Ground was broken on the $6.6 million levee along the Whitewater River back in July.
The levee is designed to stand up to a 500-year flood, compared to the original levee, built in the 1930's, which was designed for 100-year floods. In October of 1998, over 600 homes and nearly 100 businesses were damaged by flood waters from the Whitewater and Walnut Rivers.