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Person arrested for fishing on top of levee Monday morning

Flood gates installed in Cahokia in preparation for June 4 crest

Metro East Sanitary District installs flood gates on Water St. in Cahokia. The Mississippi River is predicted to crest on June 4th at 46 feet in St. Louis, at that level water will be at the base of the flood gate protecting Cahokia and Dupo area.
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Metro East Sanitary District installs flood gates on Water St. in Cahokia. The Mississippi River is predicted to crest on June 4th at 46 feet in St. Louis, at that level water will be at the base of the flood gate protecting Cahokia and Dupo area.

Yet another person has been arrested for trespassing on flood levees in the Dupo area.

St. Clair Emergency Management Agency Director Herb Simmons said an individual was arrested Monday morning for fishing on the levee in North Dupo.

“We have issued a zero tolerance policy,” he said.

Three juveniles were arrested Sunday in Cahokia after National Guard members, who were deployed to the metro-east by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, allegedly saw them throwing sandbags from the levee into the flood water.

Simmons said a man was also given a citation for being on the levee late Sunday night.

“There is no reason to be on the levee,” he said. “This is Mother Nature. We have no control over these waters.”

Kavahn Mansouri covers government accountability for the Belleville News-Democrat, holding officials and institutions accountable and tracking how taxpayer money is spent.

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