VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana levee passes a major stress test.
Officials in Vincennes say that when the Wabash crested last weekend it was the third highest river the community had ever recorded.
Leaders in the community are pleased with the levee system that protected the community exactly as it was designed to do a half century ago.
The Wabash River is still at flood stage in Vincennes, but the water has receded and is no longer lapping at the feet of the statue of Francis Vigo.
The Wabash reached 27.68 feet here.
Its highest point since the levee system was completed in 1960 and it worked almost perfectly.
"The levee faired very well this time," said Vincennes Levee Superintendent Hunter Pinnell. "We didn't have any significant problems at all and actually had less small problems than we had in the last few floods."
FEMA has told the community it needs to get the levee re-certified in the near future.
This flood helped the city and the corps of engineers further define what that work will be.
"We got a lot of good data out of this flood," said Pinnell, "but we still have to do the projects that we already know about and we'll move forward with those as soon as we can."
Officials say even though the river has fallen several feet they are not out of the woods yet, and they're going to keep an eye on what's happening along the river and the levee for at least another week.
"It keeps everything wet and saturated," said Pinnell. "Pumps and equipment have been operating constantly throughout the flood, so actually you can have more problems after the crest than you have up to the crest."
With the possibility of more rain to the north over the next week, the flood worries in Vincennes won't really end until the Wabash finds its way back inside its banks.
Officials had been considering taking down the flood gates on Friday, but now say they will wait to see if the river will rise again with the next round of rain.
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