According to Jud Kneuvean, Chief of Emergency Management for the Kansas City District, Corps officials are working on a plan of action. “The material that is in the impervious zone has slid down the base of the random zone which is the inside of the levee. All of that material is basically sitting at the bottom – the tow – of the levee. It has left a scarp in the face of the levee. The scarp is just a vertical slope of about three to four feet,” Kneuvean said.
Kneuvean said they intend to use sandbags to re-establish the slope of the levee. “We’re going to add weight to the back of the levee to support it. What is difficult about that is location. It is a tough place to get material into and we are estimating that is going to take about 3,000 tons of sand. That is a sizeable amount that needs to be hauled a considerable distance. A large portion of that sand may even have to be hand-placed,” added Kneuvean.
If the levee is not repaired, water could overtake Highway 65.
“There’s probably a 50/50 chance that the levee will survive in its current state throughout this flood event. If we are to construct the berm on the landside and restore the slope, then we have great confidence that it will survive through the duration of the event,” Kneuvean said.
Commissioners in Ray County are hosting a public meeting at Hardin High School Thursday at 7 p.m.