|Updated: 6/11/2012 3:55 pm
||Published: 6/11/2012 3:20 pm
Tulsa County Drainage District 12 requested and received US Army Corps of Engineers approval to develop and implement a System-Wide Improvement Framework plan to repair and restore the full operational adequacy the Tulsa - West Tulsa levee systems over a period of time.
According to Corps official Jamie Watts, Levee Safety Program Manager for the Tulsa District, "The Tulsa County Drainage District #12 is the first levee owner in the Southwest US and the second in the nation to initiate levee repairs under this new Corps policy."
Approval of this request also conditionally reinstates the eligibility of the Tulsa - West Tulsa levees for federal rehabilitation funding. This means federal funds could be used for repairs if the levees are damaged by a significant storm or flood event.
Todd Kilpatrick, Levee Commissioner for Tulsa County Drainage District #12 states, "This is a great example of interagency collaboration and an important step for the overall safety of the residents in the Drainage District."