Services
RIVER STAGE
AND CREST
INFORMATION
    The District’s operation and maintenance of the federal levees have beaten back
    the Mississippi River in every single flood for more than 100 years. Even during
    the 10 highest flood levels, the District’s year-around work and careful
    attention to detail resulted in levees that held against the tremendous pressure
    and force of the swollen and powerful Mississippi River. But we never will rest
    on our record – we always must expect and be prepared for new challenges
    from the River.

  • The District Operates & Maintains Levees
    Designed & Built By The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    To Provide the 500-Year Level of Flood Protection
    o        About 37.5 miles of Front Levee, including North and South Flanks.
    o        16,425 feet of floodwall.
    o        52.5 miles of canals and 14 miles of sanitary sewers.
    o        Eight storm water pump stations: Cahokia, Venice, Madison,
             South, North, East St. Louis, Chouteau Nameoki & Venice
            (CNV) and Canal No. 1 pump stations.

  • MESD Protects Thousands of Jobs
    The levees operated and maintained by the Metro East Sanitary District never
    have failed in 100-plus years. Designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of
    Engineers to provide the 500-year level of flood protection, the levees protect
    thousands of lives, homes and jobs. Hundreds of employers throughout the
    Great American Bottoms provide jobs numbering in the tens of thousands, with
    the 10 largest private, single-site job centers protected by MESD accounting for
    more than 9,000 jobs.
    o        U.S. Steel, Granite City ........................................ 2,200
    o        ASF-Keystone, Granite City.................................. 1,345
    o        Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City......... 920
    o        Cerro Flow Products, Sauget.................................. 900
    o        Midcoast Aviation, Cahokia....................................  870
    o        Rivers Edge, Granite City (Several Employers).........  850
    o        Casino Queen Hotel & Casino, East St. Louis...........  745
    o        Kraft Foods, Granite City.......................................  500
    o        Alton & Southern Railway, East St. Louis................  350
    o        Metro East Industries, East St. Louis.......................  330

  • Area Served by District
    134.26 square miles or 85,927 acres in the American Bottoms plus all property,
    homes and jobs “above the bluffs” which would be impacted if highways,
    railroads, communications, drinking water treatment systems and regional
    infrastructure were flooded by the Mississippi River, cutting everyone off from
    the Missouri side of St. Louis.

  • Boundaries of District

  • Revenue for District
    Obtained by direct tax on the assessed valuation of all real property within the
    District.

  • Total Acres Owned by the District & Used In Managing Water
    2,776 acres.

  • Employees
The      District employs approximately fifty-five (55) full time employees.

  • Regular Board of Commissioners Meetings
    Always open to the public, Board meetings are at 9 a.m. at District
    headquarters on the first Wednesday after the first Monday of each month and
    on the third Wednesday after the third Monday of each month. Agendas and
    minutes are posted on this website at the “Meeting Information” tab
OPERATING & MAINTAINING LEVEES
TO PROTECT LIVES, JOBS & PROPERTY