Work in Progress, January 10, 2011: Cato Levee and Highway C
The US Army Corps of Engineers replacement of the Cato water control structure is almost complete. The cut in the Cato Levee has been filled in on top of the newly poured structure. Removing the coffer dams on either side of the levee is all that the contractors must do to finish the project. As of last week, they have begun hauling the dirt away.
A little bit further south, Little River District (LRRD) continues to work their way up Ditch 111 as they get closer to the Cato Levee. This last mile stretch hasn’t been cleaned out in 60 years. Last week they made it to the newly replace Highway C culvert and are now on the north side of the road. At this point it is necessary for LRRD to cut a platform on the side of the ditch so that the excavator can reach the far side. They will continue to work their way north and eventually tie into the new Cato Levee structure.
The two new structures and dredged ditch will reduce the amount of resistance through this water delivery network. This will make it easier for us to divert water from the Castor River down Ditch 111 to recharge Duck Creek’s Pool 1 when the river is up.