Levee district commissioners like what they see
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 22:16:15 GMT —
That w inter s torm 2011 hit the Tri-States two weeks ago leaving some with more than 20 inches of snow.
A lot of the snow has melted over the last few days, with the the runoff flowing into nearby creeks and rivers.
Jim Whitfield spoke with some district levee directors who say they like what they see.
Roger Sutter heads the Fabius River Drainage District in West Quincy He's pleased with the warm weather that's hitting the area.
"Get rid of this freeze, back up, slow things down and do a real nice slow melt. This would be ideal for getting this water down the river," according to Sutter
It's the same story in the Sny Island Levee Drainage District, which covers three counties south of Quincy. Superintendent Mike Reed says it's the rain we see in March and April that can cause major problems.
"All of this is going to depend on how the rainfall patterns develop this spring and where it falls and how much," said Reed.
Sutter and Reed stay in contact with the National Weather Service and the U.S. Corps of Engineers for updates and predictions. Sutter says that while the snow pack in Wisconsin and Minnesota is something they'll keep an eye on, it isn't a top concern.
"I t's way up north that will start coming our way and it usually flattens out by the time it gets here to Quincy, and we won't see a huge bubble come at us - unless we get some huge rain events on top of that, " said Sutter.
The Sny Island Levee runs 54 miles from just south of Marblehead Illinois to approximately 16 miles south of the Champ Clark Bridge that crosses the Mississippi between Louisiana and Pike Station.
While the Fabius River levee stretches for seven and a half miles along the Mississippi River and covers a total of 18 miles to the north side and south sides of the district.