PCE 219 article 7

PCE 219 article 7 - Deeper look at levees needed panel says...

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Deeper look at levees needed, panel says * By LEE BOWMAN, Scripps Howard News Service Up to 100,000 miles of levees, many of them at least a half century old and of uncertain structural soundness and capacity, may stand between flood waters and millions of Americans, a federal committee established to review levee safety is finding. In business only since October, the National Committee on Levee Safety expects to deliver to Congress next month a package of findings and recommendations about the nation's patchwork of earthen berms, dikes and levees. Conclusions of the 16-member committee thus far largely mirror the findings of a Scripps Howard News Service review of levee safety published last summer, soon after scores of levees along Midwestern rivers were overtopped and breached by record floods. While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a fairly good idea about the condition of several thousand levees that are the federal government's responsibility to maintain or repair, no one knows how many there are outside the federal system, nor what they protect or what shape they're in, both the committee and Scripps found. In addition, there are no consistent national standards for levee engineering or design, even among the several federal agencies that operate levees. There is no national safety
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  • Spring '09
  • Coffin
  • Federal government of the United States, River, Federal emergency Management Agency, Dam, Levee, Levee Safety

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