U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barack Obama (D-IL) and Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) today wrote to the Illinois District commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging the Corps to prioritize emergency repairs, as well as long-term rehabilitation efforts, for Keith Creek and Alpine Dam in order to protect Rockford against a potential structural failure and subsequent flooding.
The Illinois lawmakers noted the potential impact of a dam failure in the Rockford area. “As you may be aware, recent flooding in the City of Rockford has again raised concerns over Keith Creek and Alpine Dam. At least 350 homes and 50 businesses are located in the heavily developed Keith Creek floodplain in the City of Rockford.”
In today’s letter, the Illinois members asked the Corps to immediately address the need for emergency repairs on the Alpine Dam, prioritize long-term rehabilitation efforts, submit a status report on its current condition and provide a summary of the potential danger facing the City of Rockford.