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Nearly 750,000 tons of rock are being piled into the banks of the Ouachita River in the Twin Cities where the flood walls was at risk of falling apart.

The $34-million project targets an 800-foot area of the floodwall in West Monroe, north of the Louisville Bridge, as well as a 6,000-foot area of the flood wall in Monroe near South Grand Street.

“What you see near the bridge is only a very small part of the project,” said Brandon Waggoner, assistant director at the Tensas Basin Levee District. “Drive down South Grand Street and stop along in the gap in the walls, and you can see this bank stabilization job is being conducted along that section.”

“They’re trying to protect the integrity of the flood wall,” Waggoner added.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the project, which began in July.

Max Tullos, with the Corps of Engineers, said part of the flood wall north of the bridge was at risk of caving in.

Luhr Brothers, a general contractor based in Columbia, Illinois, is performing the stabilization work with 748,751 tons of rock, according to Tullos.

“They should be done in about three or four weeks,” Tullos said.

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