Pipeline construction halted

(Pike County, Ill.) You can never be too prepared when it comes to Mother Nature, and those who live along area rivers and streams know that all too well.

The rising Mississippi River has changed the plans for an area construction site and those who work there.

It had to be shut down, as crews were forced to rebuild a levee in the Sny Island Levee District.

KHQA's Jarod Wells shows you how workers there prepared for the worst in just a matter of hours

As 18 inches of water crept in around the the Rockies Express Pipeline construction area, crews were forced to shut down and get out.

"When you live on the Mississippi River you're always looking out for what's happening," said Sny Island Levee Drainage District Superintendent Mike Reed. "We've been watching this for the last few days and then all of a sudden yesterday things started to get interesting."

A section of the Sny Island Levee was knocked down to install a section of the Rockies Express Pipeline. But construction came to a halt Monday night, as crews began rebuilding the levee.

"We were prepared for this from the very beginningm," said Reed. "With the levee having to be knocked down and a lot of rebuilding effort done, one concern was what happens if there is a flood event at that very moment and it happened. But we're in excellent shape."

After seeing how long it took some levees to be repaired, I asked Sny Island Levee Drainage District Superintendent Mike Reed how strong a levee that was repaired over night would be.

Is it going to be able to hold up against any flooding that may occur?

"Yes," said Reed. "In reality what we did, we reconstructed the clay core of that levee, so the clay core of the levee is actually better than it was last year. So that foundation is actually in excellent shape."

Reed says the levee will have no problem handling the predicted crest levels, but what if those levels go higher?

"If the crest predictions would start to go up even more theres," said Reed, "plenty of material in the area that we would just continue to add to that and raise it on up to get more protection."

Right now that section of the levee will protect up to 24 feet.

Superintendent Mike Reed said once the waters retreat some of the levee will have to be torn down again to add more clay to the core.

But when that work will begin is in the hands of Mother Nature.