Dredging project underway to repair levee
A dredging project on the Sangamon River to repair the Hager Slough Levee, which was damaged by flooding in 2013, is currently underway.
The Hager Slough Drainage District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the project to build a berm on July 11.
The contractor is pumping sand from the river to create a berm on the land side of the levee which will be 60 feet wide, 7 feet tall, and 3,000 feet long, according to Marty Turner, chairman of the Hager Slough Drainage District Board and a landowner in the district. The river dredging is approximately 11 feet down and covering about an 80-foot strip. The area being dredged is about six and a half miles upstream from the Beardstown Marina.