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July 16, 2014

Indiana city facing Wabash River levee repairs

VINCENNES (AP) — A southwestern Indiana city faces more than $2 million in work to repair its Wabash River flood levees, although that is much less than officials previously projected.

Vincennes officials say the repairs are needed before the levees can be re-certified with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports that certification is needed to prevent some residents from having to follow strict building codes or buy costly flood insurance.

Vincennes Water Utilities general manager Kirk Bouchie told City Council members Monday that some $4 million has been spent on recent levee projects, with the city needing to come up with an estimated $2.3 million to finish the repairs.

Councilman Scott Brown said that cost estimate was manageable compared with the previous projection of $30 million.

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