Thursday, September 26, 2013

Press: Coeur d'Alene Seawall Being Re-Erected

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Crews in Coeur d'Alene are busy unearthing a seawall, built in 1940, on the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, in anticipation of new inspection from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The wall was built in the mid 20th century following a major flood in 1933 which pushed Lake Coeur d'Alene to 2,139 feet above sea level. The wall was constructed as part of a 1.5 mile-long flood control system that borders Coeur d'Alene's downtown.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that crews have begun unearthing concrete footings for the seawall which, when it is erected, can protect the city from a lake level of 2,144 feet above sea level.

If the seawall doesn't receive an updated certification from FEMA, some Coeur d'Alene neighborhoods may be required by mortgage companies to purchase flood insurance.

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