Broken levee forces community out for safety concerns
Illinois congressmen recently introduced legislation to grant Jackson County the authority to issue more bonds in order to repair the Grand Tower Levee.
Both Illinois State Representative Mike Bost and State Senator Dave Luechtefeld agree that the bonds are necessary for improving the safety of the community.
In 1994, voters in Jackson County approved a referendum to issue bonds to repair the Grand Tower Levee. However, not enough bonds were sold and time ran out to sell more.
GRAND TOWER, Ill. - Grand Tower, Illinois mayor Mike Ellet will hold a town hall meeting tonight to discuss possible plan for evacuation at the spring rains loom.
"it's not a panic situation right now but come the spring and those rains I'm sure we'll get, it's going to be a rush to get us all out," says Ellet.
Ellet will host a meeting tonight at 7:00 to discuss a possible evacuation plan for the 800 residents of Grand Tower.
"It's not a matter of if, it's when," says John Williams, resident of Grand Tower, "I'll be at that meeting because I know it's inevitable that we'll have to leave."
The meeting is Monday, January 13th at 7:00pm at the Grand Tower civic center.