Macon City Council Considers Levee Improvements | News
Macon City Council is scheduled to talk about the Macon Levee Tuesday night. They're considering a contract with an architectural engineering firm to figure out how to repair a seepage problem there.
The studied seepage area is around 937 feet long along the 5.5 mile long Macon levees.
Bibb County engineer David Fortson says there is some pressure created along the seepage area when the water gets high on the Ocmulgee River side of the levee.
Depending on the soil and pressure, that can cause the water to flow under the levee to the land side.
That may create a sandboil, which the water pushes through and erodes the soil.
"That's a bad thing because when they bring soil with them they can be creating channels under the levee or that can open up for water to flow through and ultimately destroyed the levee," said Fortson.
This could damage the levee that protects areas south of downtown from flooding.
"And while it's not an emergency that needs to be corrected it is a very important deficiency because it has the potential to cause a levee failure at some point," said Fortson.
City council is scheduled to decide whether to award a contract to an Augusta-based Cranston Engineering Group P.C. for just over 72,000 dollars.
The firm is expected to come up with ideas on how to repair the seepage, cost estimates, drawing and specifications.