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Temporary levee leaves some surrounded by flood water in West Alton

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WEST ALTON (KMOV.com) -

A temporary levee meant to keep the Mississippi River at bay in West Alton has actually left some surrounded by flood water.

West Alton’s mayor told News 4 the use of both a permanent and temporary levee are critical to keeping the city dry. He said 2015 has almost been a record setting year for river levels.

“This was the 10th highest we’ve ever had. Without the temporary levee, we’d be standing in water right now,” said Mayor Willie Richter.

The temporary levee is constructed across Highway 94, a road that has flooded. The levee’s location has isolated a group of people at the Harbor Point Yacht Club.

“They’re trapped in there, they live in the clubhouse area and get in by boat. They are on the other side of the levee, there is nothing we can do,” Richter said.

Richter said the temporary levee is scheduled to be torn down later in 2015.

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