A public hearing was held this week on repairs to the Wakenda Levee in Carroll County. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Presiding Commissioner Nelson Heil:
The levee was washed out in the flooding during the 2011 summer. Repairs were quickly completed, but the County has just finished their end of the process. “A mountain of paperwork goes with any federal project like this,” said Heil, “The funds were certainly welcome. It helped out the levee district. And that’s what we were after in the first place.”
The work was completed in 2011, but the County was required to hold one last public hearing. “They had to show where the time was spent on this. Work was done by levee district personnel and a few others, landowners in the area. They keep track of that, report that back to the federal funding agency, and then when everything is done then the project is closed out,” said Heil.
The repairs were funded by a Community Development Block Grant.
“We received that through the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission. These grants typically go through the County, and then to the levee district to do the repairs. Now the repairs, of course, were done a couple of years ago and this was a public hearing that we had to hold.”