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Nation IN BRIEF : KENTUCKY

Levee Reinforced Along Ohio River

March 13, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Prisoners, soldiers and students piled more sandbags on a 2-mile-long levee in Smithland, Ky., taking no chances even as a revised forecast predicted the Ohio River won't go as high as initially feared. Just in case something does go wrong, city officials went ahead and evacuated City Hall and the water treatment plant for this town of 1,200. More showers and thunderstorms were forecast across the Ohio and Tennessee valleys but they were not expected to be as heavy as the March 1 storms that started the flood.

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