- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Officials say the high level of the Red River has provided a good test of the work being done on levees in Rapides Parish.

Project engineers tell The Town Talk (https://townta.lk/1Hd3wMQ) the overall project to fix deficiencies in the levees so they can be recertified is about 80 percent complete. It is expected to be finished in the first half of 2016.

The Red River recently reached its highest stage in the Alexandria area in more than 20 years. Parish officials say relief wells that have been installed and other work to relieve pressure on the levees are doing the job.

Parish and municipal officials agreed to use about $16 million in federal drainage funds to repair the levees to meet new federal guidelines.


Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com

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