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Individuals, businesses and communities across the Metro East are feeling the negative effects of FEMA’s decision to deaccredit our levee system. To help make the process easier to understand, we’ve provided links to valuable resources in this section for those that are seeking more information about our levees. We’ve also included additional information from the Flood Prevention District Council.

Flood Prevention District Council Documents

Requests for Bids and Proposals

1.  There are currently no Requests for Bids or Proposals at this time.

The invitation to bid on this work can be obtained here.

Maps and Statistics

Please note: the file sizes of the pdf versions of these maps are very large and may take several minutes (or longer if using a dial-up connection) to load.

  • LeveesView in browser | Download PDF – This map shows the five levee systems that FEMA intends to deaccredit, as well as the communities in the area. Use this map to see how much of your community is protected by levees, and which levee system protects you.
  • Levee System Features – These maps show the location of pump stations, gravity drains, relief wells, and other features of the levee system:
    Wood River Levee and Drainage DistrictView in browser | Download PDF
    Metro East Sanitary District (north & Chain of Rocks) – View in browser | Download PDF
    Metro East Sanitary District (south) – View in browser | Download PDF
    Prairie DuPont & Fish Lake Drainage & Levee DistrictView in browser | Download PDF
  • Traffic Volume on I-255View in browser | Download PDF – This map identifies traffic volumes for segments of I-255 in Monroe and St. Clair counties. Segments of I-255 carry an annual average daily traffic volume of up to 54,600 vehicles per day.
  • PopulationView in browser | Download PDF – This map identifies the total number of people and communities affected.
  • EmploymentView in browser | Download PDF – This map identifies locations of major employers in the area with 300 or more employees or a facility of at least 100,000 square feet.


  • Insurance Costs Report (PDF) – East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ April 2010 insurance costs estimate that could result from levee deaccreditation.
  • Original East-West Gateway Report (PDF) – November 2007 report on the levee situation by East-West Gateway Council of Governments. This preliminary report indicates what repairs must be made to the levees so they can be certified by the Corps of Engineers to protect our region from a 100-year flood. It contains information about the remapping process and the role of national flood insurance, projected costs, funding availability and estimated times for completion. It also provides information about each of the levee districts and recommends actions needed to restore the flood control system in Southwestern Illinois.
  • Project Implementation Plan (PDF) On June 14, 2011 the Council published a draft of the Project Implementation Plan for area flood protection improvements.  This is an important milestone in the project, because it brings together for the first time the design, cost estimate, financing plan and schedule for the project.  It is a comprehensive report that describes the specific improvements to be made, how much they will cost, how we will pay for them and when they will be done.  Appendix A is the 30% Design Memorandum from the Council’s design consultants, Appendix B is the comprehensive cost estimate, and Appendix C is the financial plan.

Legislative, Political and Regulatory Proceedings

Legal Documents

  • Lawsuit against FEMA – On Nov. 15, 2010, Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties, along with a group of municipalities and individuals, filed suit in federal court against FEMA and its director Craig Fugate. The purpose of the suit is to invalidate new flood insurance rate maps that FEMA is planning to issue by the end of 2011.

National Flood Insurance Program Fact Sheets

Resource websites

  • Flood Smart – Official site of the National Flood Insurance Program which contains additional information about flooding and flood insurance.
  • Flood Risk Levels – Become familiar with how FEMA assesses a community like yours for levels of flood risk.
  • Flood Zones Explained – Learn how the Federal Emergency Management Agency rates your community—from low-to-moderate risk up to a high-risk of flooding.
  • Overview of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) – Learn how the NFIP was established to help people recover from floods by offering them affordable flood insurance.
  • Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois – The primary economic development agency serving the Metro East region
  • Levee Issues Alliance – a growing coalition of business and civic organizations, community leaders and concerned citizens working together to gain sufficient time and funding to bring the Metro East levees up to new federal standards