Cross-Reference: Levee Policy, Emergency Protective Measure, Permanent Work
Summary: The Missouri Bottoms Levee District took measures to repair and protect the Missouri Bottoms levee from damages caused by severe storms and flooding in May 1995. The measures included: 1) placing temporary rock fill in a washed-out roadway to make the levee continuous; 2) placing 1,750 tons of 1-inch minus rock on the crest of the levee over approximately 1,200 feet to prevent overtopping, and 3) plugging highway culverts with steel plates and sandbags to block flood waters. These measure were performed over a period of four days. The Region disallowed $13,467 of the costs associated with raising the levee on the basis that the applicant chose to retain the rock material as part of the permanent levee structure.
Issues: Was the effort to raise the height of the levee an eligible emergency protective measure?
Rationale: The work appears to have directly addressed the identified immediate threat in that: 1) the fill was placed over a relatively small section of the levee; and 2) the time frame corresponds to the actual river crest data.