Two politicians vying for the same congressional seat came together to urge passage of a measure that would fix the Grand Tower Levee in Jackson County.
The levee is damaged and has lasted a decade longer than it was meant to, says State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro). He’s sponsoring legislation to help repair the levee by allowing the county to issue bonds. He says consequences could be devastating if there’s a flood.
“Now you’ll lose a major pipeline, so you’ll have fuel that’s moved across the United States be held up. No railroad access to the south into Missouri and no access to Route 3 – not counting all of those communities that lives could be in danger,” he said.
U.S. Rep. William L. Enyart (D-Belleville) made a stop at the Capitol to testify in support of the measure. Bost is hoping to unseat him in the upcoming election.
Enyart says the flooding problem that affects his constituents is not about politics. “Irrespective of whether you’re running on one side of a ticket or another side of a ticket, you work together to solve problems,” he said.
The measure passed out of a House committee and if it gains full support of the General Assembly, the governor has promised to sign it. Work on the levee could begin this summer.