Vincennes levee upgrades could keep residents from paying flood insurance

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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vincennes levee has been around for decades and guards 75% of the city. However, if it doesn’t get an important federal certification, those who live near it will have to pay.

The levee has received around $2.5 million dollars in improvements, including new pipes. The work is being done to help get a special certification from FEMA, so the levee can be on flood maps.

If the certification does not happen, residents, business owners, and property owners would have to pay flood insurance.

“Without the certification of the levee, then our flood maps could potentially change. That would make investing in Vincennes and know County very difficult,” said Chris Pfaff, Chief Executive Office of Knox County Development Corporation.

Now, with work on the levee complete, officials are awaiting the final decision.

“I feel very confident that we will achieve our goal,” said Kirk Bouchie, general manager of Vincennes Water Utilities.

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