Corps of Engineers Says White River Levee at Risk

FEBRUARY 2, 2007 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers considers 122 levees around the country at risk of failing.

The Corps says it has warned communities near the levees about the problems.  Many involve a lack of routine maintenance.  Problems can include movement of floodwalls, animal burrows, erosion and tree growth.

The report identifies the White River levees from Augusta to Clarendon as suspect.

Historically, the Corps has constructed the levees but turns over operation and maintenance of most to local communities.  If the Corps determines a levee to be at risk, homeowners in the area could be required to buy flood insurance.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)