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Town mulling fundraisers to fix worrisome levee

July 31, 2013

GRAND TOWER, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois town hoping to raise $1 million to fix a worrisome Mississippi River levee is chipping away at the cost, one charity dinner and yard sale at a time.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (http://bit.ly/163rUfV ) reports that the 600-resident Jackson County town last weekend collected more than $10,000 with a dinner fundraiser.

Grand Tower resident Joyce Ellet says a yard sale of donated items is planned for August, along with a daylong musical event called “LeveeFest” in October. Jamie Nash even is selling T-shirts, with proceeds to be directed to the levee fund.

Earlier this year, the levee showed signs of trouble, including holes blamed on the collapse of a drainage pipe.

The levee was given an unsatisfactory rating in mid-2011, making it ineligible for federal funds.


Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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