Federal, state and community leaders toured historic Zoar Wednesday.
18th District Congressman Bob Gibbs toured the village along with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brigadier General Margaret Burcham, Commander of the Corps’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.
The Corps is currently in the midst of the Zoar Levee and Diversion Dam Safety Modification Study to determine the best course of action for the “urgent and compelling” needs of the levee and dam.
Burcham says it’s important for her to learn about the village so the Corps can make an educated decision about the levees future.
Burcham says the Corps has serious concerns about the integrity of the levee.
Gibbs says you “can’t put a price on history.”
Zoar Mayor Larry Bell says he appreciates the Congressman’s and Brigadier General’s interest in the history of the village.
The Corps is evaluating the levee on four criteria including efficiency or cost, effectiveness, completeness and public acceptance and is also researching a number of risk reduction plans including repairing the levee, tearing down the village or even relocating the village to higher ground.
Corps personnel are hoping to have a draft report available for the public and other agencies to review and comment on in the spring/summer of 2014.