FLOOD PROTECTION: Levee Work Complete

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It’s been nearly two decades since it was first damaged in the flood of 1993. Now, the Central Place Levee is fixed-up and authorities say it’s better than ever

The levee protects over 100 businesses on Des Moines’ north side, and Wednesday business owners and city authorities gathered to celebrate the completion of work on the levee.

Mayor Frank Cownie, other city leaders and members of the Army Corps of Engineers held a ribbon cutting to mark the occasion.

The project cost about $5 million and was funded with state and federal dollars.

An Iowa construction company led the way on the project, completing the work in two years

“This new levee is over a mile long and significantly reduces flood risk for this area. I think local residents and businesses can be proud of city of Des Moines and the outstanding efforts of everyone involved who made this new levee system possible,” said Gay Meden with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Central Place Levee was part of a bigger $20 million re-building project. The majority of the money was used to fix-up the Birdland levee in Des Moines.

Work on that levee wrapped up last year.