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Little Cal River Commission On Hot Seat

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Indiana state lawmakers are looking at revamping a commission in charge of protective levees along the Little Calumet River.

Overflow from the Little Cal flooded thousands of homes in Northwest Indiana last month, especially in Munster and Gary, following heavy rains. A completed levee could have helped keep those flood waters in check. But the board created to oversee construction of 22 miles of levee didn’t get the job done. The completed levee is now 10 years behind schedule and $125-million over-budget.

The commission’s taken much heat since the recent flood. Its executive director resigned last week.

Now, Indiana lawmakers, including state representative Ed Soliday of Valparaiso want to cut the board from 11 to six members, and have every one of them appointed by the governor. He plans to introduce the bill when Indiana lawmakers reconvene in January.

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