Levee district being formed by Annada property owners

 Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8:30 am

A new levee district for the Annada area is designed to better maintain and help the system that blocks the Mississippi River from inundating the far southeast Pike County hamlet.

The Pike County Circuit Court recently issued an order organizing the district, according to its attorney David Human, who has established “about 50” levee districts.

Human had a farm in Eolia and works for a St. Louis law firm.

“There are 3,500 acres in the Annada Levee District and 3,400 are signed on already,” Human said Monday, Feb. 18.

“The levee down there has been maintained on a very informal basis by property owners,” Human said. “The district will operate and maintain in a more formal manner where costs can be shared by the property owners.

“By being a public body, the district can be in position to get into federal programs like cost shares for damages and FEMA programs,” Human said.

“We want to be able to participate in (U.S. Corps of Engineers) projects to qualify for levee improvements,” said new district member and river bottoms farmland owner Nancy Guyton. “That’s our main purpose.”

The annual costs to property owners will be determined on the amount of land they have and what benefits they will derive from the district, Human said.

“Generally, property owners pay between $5 and $15 per acre,” he added.

A five-member district board will be elected at the first meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 4 at the Annada Christian Church. They will come up with a plan for the district, Human said.

The Pike County court will later appoint three commissioners, who will set the land fee apportionments.

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