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Army Corps of Engineers to Reimburse the City About $10 Million for Levee Work

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Falls of the Big Sioux River - Wikimedia photo by Jake DeGroot
Falls of the Big Sioux River - Wikimedia photo by Jake DeGroot

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and City of Sioux Falls officials today announced that the Corps will reimburse the City approximately $10 million for the work on the City’s levee system.

“This project was a partnership between the City and the Corps, as we knew it was incredibly important for the safety of citizens and their property that this project be completed,” says Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works.

After more than ten years of work on the City of Sioux Falls levee system, improvements are now substantially complete. In 2009, after several years of little federal funding and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) announcement of upcoming changes to the city’s flood insurance rate maps, the City advanced funds to ensure the project was completed in a timely manner. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District now has received funds to reimburse the City for that advancement.

The levee project cost approximately $62 million. The federal share of the project is 75 percent, and the local share of 25 percent is split between the State of South Dakota and the City of Sioux Falls.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now is working on the levee system evaluation report to send to FEMA to begin the process of updating the flood insurance rate maps for Sioux Falls.

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