The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has voted to make repairs to an aging levee near Modale, Iowa.
The three-member board voted unanimously Thursday to repair the Utman Levee, said Harrison County Auditor Susan Bonham.
Several local farmers and landowners want the Utman Levee fixed. Other farmers do not, believing that would cause water to be pushed onto their land.
Those wanting the repairs are specifically interested in filling a 200-foot gap in the levee. Locals say it was illegally cut by a farmer decades ago for reasons that are not completely clear.
Supporters of fixing the levee say its condition cost them $1.4 million during the 2011 floods. They sued the board after they asked that the breach be fixed and no work was done.
Opponents argued there was no proof that flooding caused the 2011 losses. The damage may have been caused by the elevated water table — something a levee cannot protect against.
Last year, District Court Judge Kathleen Kilnoski ruled the breach should be fixed and repairs made.
Kilnoski issued her ruling in September, but the board said it wanted to hold a public meeting before taking action. It heard from supporters and detractors at a Jan. 23 meeting.
The board is seeking bids to make the repairs. The tab is expected to reach at least $18,700.