Army Corps of Engineers Install Seepage Blankets

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

Driving along dodge park golf course the closer you get to the river, the more you can see conditions aren't to par.

“Water is trying to get under the levee all the time,” Fire Chief Alan Byers said. “Don't let it kid you. There is not 80 foot concrete wall that's trying to go down in the bedrock.”

And that’s why the City of Council Bluffs has turned this levee project over to the Army Corps of Engineers.
“The idea is that you control it. To the best of your means you make it go where you want it to go,” Byers said.

The Corps is installing 12 seepage blankets along problem spots in the levee. They'll be about 1,800 foot long, 25 foot wide. They are designed to redistribute the weight and pressure from the other side of the levee.

“The water filters through it will take the silt and soil and keep it at the bottom and what you'll see is clear water coming through and that's what you want to see,” Byers said.

So what does all this mean for anyone driving through Council Bluffs? You'll see a lot of traffic these next few days. More than 1,100 dump trucks will be hauling the materials to each of the 12 spots on the levee. The city says these blankets are an opportunity to be proactive and reactive at the same time.

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