This is a cross section look to show how the seepage berm will extend out to the city side of the city levee. (Cross section image provided by JEO Consulting Group)

It won’t be long before West Point residents see loads of dirt and heavy equipment starting to show up behind the Cuming County fairgrounds and on property north of West Park Street.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is about to begin work to strengthen the city’s nearly 60-year-old levee. That will include hauling several tons of dirt to build a seepage berm. The berm, varying from 2 feet to 5 feet in height, will extend 100 feet to 150 feet from the base of the levee.

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