Levee fixes may meet approval for Trinity River Project

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 31 at 2:17 PM

DALLAS - For years the Trinity River Project has hit roadblock after roadblock.

On Thursday, Dallas city hall is set to release more details on its plan to keep downtown safe from flooding.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers said the city's plan to restore the Trinity River levees is likely to meet their approval.

The Corp flunked the levees two years ago after an inspection. The federal government instituted stricter guidelines after Hurricane Katrina.

With the possible approval coming, the city may approve a plan that will cost less than the initial $150 million price tag. The money would pay for repairs, as well as pouring concrete deep into the water and down into the bedrock to prevent water from seeping through. The city said the walls may not have to be built as high as initially anticipated.

The plan is to build large parks, add lakes and other additions along the river. The levees would also make the area safer for those already living nearby and help them avoid expensive federal flood insurance.

There are hopes to have the work done by the end of the year.

Email: cvega@wfaa.com

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