UPDATE: Levee Leak Located

By: WOWT-TV Email
By: WOWT-TV Email

The specialized dive team called in to locate the levee leak has found it.

You'll remember it was an abandoned 15-inch line that was allowing water on the dry side of the levee because the pressure created by the Missouri River.

It has been allowing about 1-hundred gallons per minute through the levee. The city expects the pipe to be sealed off no later than Sunday.

While the Missouri River levels may be on the decline the threat of flooding or a breach in the levee has not disappeared.

That became evident this evening as public works crews rushed back to work to plug a leak in the levee.

It seems the pressure of the river against the levee was too much for an old abandoned pipe and it gave way allowing water onto the dry side of the berm.

The pipe is allowing about 100 gallons of water per minute through the levee just south of the water treatment plant near the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Gordon Andersen says, "The leakage rate was something that our pumps were able to keep up with but it is something that if you don't address it and stay on top of it, it will get worse and that's why we were extremely proactive with it."

A specialized dive team was called in to locate the pipe and seal the leak. If that fails public works will allow some water to pool on the dry side of the levee to even out the water pressure and stop the leak that way.


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