Vincennes needs $5M to finish Wabash levee improvements

 Officials Vincennes  say they need about $5 million to complete improvements to their Wabash River levee to ensure that it remains federally accredited.

The city expects that its earthen flood-control levee will be re-certified next year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  However the city first needs to replace seepage relief wells that extend about 3,000 feet along the levee.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has determined that the current relief wells must be replaced because they date to the 1950s.

Mayor Joe Yochum says Vincennes will likely look at a combination of sources to raise the $5 million that’s needed for the well-replacement effort.