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Army Corps of Engineers survey Turkey Creek levee system

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Neighbors, elected leaders and engineers are once again trying to figure out why the Turkey Creek levee system isn't working the way it should.

"During this recent storm, we had the gates closed in an ample amount of time, but the water still kept rising," said Wayne Gulfport Assistant City Engineer Wayne Miller. "So we're trying to see if we have something under the tracks, a pipe that may be contributing to the water that was coming inside the levee during the storm."

After city engineers walked through the pipes that are supposed to keep water from coming into the neighborhood, they came to a dead end. The pipe that was thought to be the problem was actually sealed shut, putting them back at square one.

Pat Robins of the Army Corps Mobile District said improving the levee and adding pumps could make all the difference.

Under the Comprehensive Mississippi Recovery Program, upgrades to the levee system include raising it 21 feet, adding commercial pumps, clearing Turkey Creek so the water flows better and putting up a T-Wall along the rail road tracks.

All that work would cost almost $15 million, money dependent on Congressional approval of two bills. The Water Resource Development Act would authorize the army corps to go ahead with the project while the Energy and Water Appropriations bill would provide the funds.

But Robins said those bills have been stalled since 2007.

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