Woodbury County OKs money for levee work

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Woodbury County officials agreed to spend more money to restore a levee along the Little Sioux River in western Iowa.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/17LA0iL ) the county board Tuesday approved a $128,000 bid for work on the levee near Smithland.

Landowners will be billed for the work, which includes placing 3,600 tons of concrete and quartzite along 1,800 feet of riverbank.

The project follows a $232,000-taxpayer funded effort to add a berm and boulders to retain soil. Those fixes didn’t work and the riverbank continued to wash away.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the original flood-control device in 1964.

Board member Larry Clausen voted against the winning bid because he favored a different contractor, but he says the county has no choice but to repair the levee.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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