With 2020 forecasts of flooding similar to 2019, the Howard Bend Levee District began this year preparing to respond to interior flooding in the District. Fortunately, to date the threat of flooding has not been realized. While the area has received several above-normal rainfall events during the last several months, the Missouri River has not reached the levels seen last year, which helps tremendously with the stormwater drainage.
As reported in the last update at the end of 2019, the pump station committee efforts are continuing. Currently, that work is focusing on how to move forward with the current design and alternatives, as well as financing alternatives.
In January 2020, the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) commission, voted not to move forward with the TIF proposal for the Maryland Park Planning area. That proposal was designed to help fund infrastructure in the District, including pump stations. That vote has been challenged in court by the City of Maryland Heights, and to date there has been no resolution in that case.
Routine maintenance on the levee system and associated structures, has continued uninterrupted despite the challenges of the current COVID-19 situation.
The annual landowners meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25, 2020. This meeting will be held in a virtual format, due to restrictions put in place by St. Louis County in late July. The meeting notice, with instructions on how to register and participate, were mailed to landowners in early August. Instructions for registering for the annual meeting, as well as meeting materials, are also available on the District’s website.