Hamburg city officials cast reluctant votes Friday afternoon to end their campaign to save the levee that kept the city dry during the Missouri River flood of 2011.
City Councilman Willie Thorp said the Corps' decision to protect Hamburg by raising the levee from 11 feet to 19 feet kept Hamburg dry, but cost $8 million.
He said it does not make sense to Hamburg residents to put that much money into building the levee just to turn around and spend up to $2 million to take it back down.
To keep the levee, Hamburg would have to bring it back down to its original height of 11 feet and then construct the extra eight feet according to regulations and engineering studies.
He said the city council appealed to government at all levels to let the levee stand as is.
"We didn't want to take it down. It held water for three months. The flood water was right at its top and it held. What better test could you give it?" Thorp said.
The city's share of removing the dirt is $300,000.
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