Kansas Cities Levees

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KC Levees Project

Construction of these levees began in the 1940’s and was complete in 1980. After operating for 30 to 50 years, it is time to reassure that it can provide the expected level of protection to the Kansas City downtown metropolitan area.

Over 60 miles of levees along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers wind through the heart of the Kansas City metro area. These levees protect its most densely developed business regions from floods and protect thousands of commercial, industrial and residential structures with a combined investment totaled at more than $15 billion.

Severe floods ravaged this area in the early 1900’s and again in 1951. In 1993 the flood levels crested near the top of the levees and floodwalls at several locations. The Great Flood event in 1993 revealed the need to reestablish the appropriate level of flood protection for the Kansas City bi-state area near the junction of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers.  Should these levees be compromised during a high water event, the results will be in near Katrina proportions.


 City of Kansas City, MO; Unified Government of Wyandotte County & Kansas City, KS (KS); Fairfax Drainage District (KS); Kaw Valley Drainage District (KS); North Kansas City Levee District (MO); US Army Corps of Engineers


200 Funston LLC., A & E Custom MFG., Ace Foundry, ADA Badminton & Tennis, All Seasons Insulation, All Systems, Allied Waste of Kansas     City, Alter Ego LLC, American Clothing, American Equipment Co., Area Credit Union, Arrow Distributing Inc., Ashland Chemical Co., Associated Machining, Baader North America Corp., Bartlett Grain, Batliner Paper Converting, Bennett-Rogers Co., Kansas Board of Public Utilities, Bruno’s Semi-Trailer Sales, B-S Steel of Kansas, CC Environklean, CE Distribution, CE Water Management, Central Plains Steel Central Solutions, Inc., Certainteed Corp, Chemold Products, Clark Enterprises, CNH America LLC., Conoco/ Phillips, Conway Freight, Cross   Corporation, CZ USA, Dupont, Easy Ceramic Decals LLC, Empire Candle, Enserv Midwest, Envision, Exide Technologies, Exxon Mobile/Mobile-Signum Lab, Fairfax 66, Fairfax Industrial Association, The Fagan Company, Forbo Adhesives, Fowler Envelope Co., G.S. Robins & Co., General Container, General Motors – Fairfax Assembly, Graphic Services Printing, Greif, Inc, Groendyke Transport Inc., Guardian Building Products, Halco. Inc., Hampel Oil, Harlan Global, Hydraulic Parts & Service, Industrial Lumber, Innovative Adhesives Company, Integrated Document Solutions, International Transit Warehouse, Inventory Sales Company, IPAC, J & L Bookbinders, Jack Cooper Transport, James H. Ross LLC., Jet Midwest, Kansas Cold Storage, Inc., KC Abrasive Company, KC Board of Public Utilities, KC Fairfax Fed. Credit Union, KC Fluid Power, KC Custom Sign, & Lighting, Kellogg's, KMDI, Langley, Leather Works LTD., LNB Express LLC, LSI Industries, M. Quinn Wholesale, Magellan Pipeline, Manna Pro Corporation, Mark One Electric, Martech, McConway & Torley LLC, McCray Millwork, Metal Cleaning System, Mid Continent Office Distributors, Mittelman Furniture Corp., National Fiber supply Co., National Fire Suppression, Neff Printing, Inc., Neff Sales, Orion Fittings, Orrick Trailer Services, LLC. Owens Corning Fiberglass, Packaging & More, Panel Systems Plus, Peerless Conveyor, Permatex, Inc., Plasticon, Inc, PNA Construction Technologies, Preston Refrigeration Co., Priority Air Courier, Rail Car Services, Reddi Services, Reintjes & Hiter Co., Reliable Transportation, Robinsons Delivery Service, Romac LLC, RS Used Oil Services, Reintjes & Hiter Co., Reliable Transportation, Robinsons Delivery Services, Schultz Bros. Electric Co., Shostak Iron & Metal, Stavely Services, Thermaroll Leaf, Inc., UAW Local 31, UAW Mo-Kan Federal Credit Union, U-Haul, , Union Pacific Railroad, The Vaught Group, Wagner Interior Supply, Wallis Lubricants, Warwick Paper Co., Weyerhaeuser, Wingfoot CTS, Zimmer Real Estate 

  • 10 Feb 2015 2:02 PM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

    The current request for KC Levees is shown below: 

    KANSAS CITYS LEVEES, Kansas and Missouri –

    FY16 $2,000,000 Phase 1 Construction

    FY16 $1,000,000 Phase 2 Design

    Regional Levee Owner/Operators working on a Floodplain Management Plan

    Modification to authorization desired for all System Levee Units at total cost of $402.5M

    STATUS -

    Phase 1

    FY16 $2M completes construction of Fairfax Jersey Creek Sheet pile wall.

    East Bottoms underseepage improvements construction contract awarded September 2014.

    Argentine Unit design for foundation reliability improvements planned FY16.

    Phase 2   

    FY16 $1,000,000 continues design for underseepage and stability measures on Armordale and CID units.

    CWRB held April 22, 2014. Chief’s Report pending.   


    Protection of thousands of commercial, industrial, and residential structures with a combined investment totaled at more than $20 billion, extensive rail and road system of national importance, vital utilities, downtown airport, 90,000 jobs, and 20,000 residents.
  • 10 Feb 2015 1:55 PM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

    Kansas City's Phase 2 Chief's Report January 27, 2015 by LTG Bostick and USACE Headquarters is now preparing the Chief's Report and Final Feasibility Report package for submittal to the ASA(CW) office. This is great timing as the Corps' Annual Report of projects needing authorizations is due by February 15, 2015.  With the signing of the Chief's Report, the Kansas Citys Levees is now eligible for authorization.  Congress needed the signed Chief's Report to be able to act upon the recommendations.  This will be an important message for our Spring DC trip in March.

  • 24 Mar 2010 6:55 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The Chiefs Report was signed on December 19, 2006. Authorization in 2007 WRDA was received for construction of modifications to the local protection projects that make up the Kansas City Levee system to reduce flood damages in the Kansas City area by improving the system through proposed modifications and corrections of deficiencies.

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