Engineers say Salt Lake County's levees in 'unacceptable' shape

Nov 1 2013 - 3:20pm

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The Jordan River in Cottonwood Grove Park, Murray, Utah
The Jordan River in Cottonwood Grove Park, Murray, Utah

SALT LAKE CITY -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Salt Lake County's levee systems are in unacceptable shape.

Officials with the Corps' Sacramento District announced Friday that they found several problems in levees along the 12-mile Surplus Canal that drains Jordan River water into the Great Salt Lake.

Among the shortcomings are old pipes running through the levees, unacceptable vegetation and levees that have disintegrated to the point that they're hardly visible.

The rating means the county won't be eligible for help with post-storm levee repairs until it shows it's addressing the problems.

The rating doesn't directly affect flood insurance rates.

County Public Works Director Russ Wall says the county has already started working to fix the issues and has completed repairs on 55 sites to date.

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