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Seepage normal for levees, drainage district officials say

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(WGEM) - Severe flooding has taken its toll on local levees this past week, leaving many in the Tri-States wondering if the levee nearest them will withstand the rising river waters.

The levee near Ursa has experience seepage, but levee experts say there's no need to worry as seepage is normal for a sand-based levee.

Roger Sutter of the Fabius River Drainage District in northeast Missouri says seepage doesn't mean the levee is giving way, but that it's actually a sign the levee is working.

"Well that just tells you, if you ever take a bucket of sand, dry sand and then pick up a bucket of wet sand, the wet sand is going to be a lot heavier and denser and really that's how they were designed," Sutter said.

Sutter said the biggest problem levees are in the Mississippi Valley. The biggest concern is if water actually went over the top. As of right now, he says it looks like we're in the clear on the Mississippi River side.

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