VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) - Southwestern Indiana officials are closely monitoring a levee that protects Indiana's oldest city from the Wabash River's rising floodwaters.
Knox County officials are keeping an eye on the Brevoort Levee, a 33-mile earthen structure that protects about 50,000 acres of farmland, hundreds of homes and an industrial park along U.S. 41 from flooding. Heavy rains that fell last week have pushed the Wabash well over flood stage and it's forecast to crest Saturday in Vincennes at nearly 27 feet.
Brevoort levee district board chairman tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial water is already seeping through the levee and it's "a major concern" whenever the Wabash reaches 27 feet.
The levee helps prevent flooding in Vincennes, which was founded in 1732 as a fur trading post and is Indiana's oldest city.
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