St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 8, 2011
By Terry Hillig
BENTON, Ill. • By the time the debate over Metro East levee safety reached a judge’s desk in the U.S. District Court in Benton last week, there wasn’t really a dispute left to litigate.
Federal officials had backed off, albeit barely, an assessment that the system could no longer be trusted to keep out the Mississippi River. Local officials were spared, if temporarily, the burden of development restrictions and mandatory and high-priced flood insurance in the industrial heart of southwestern Illinois…more