Mayor Oliver Overlander said the borough overall is behind the levee plan.
"Naturally, they're excited about it," he
said."The levee will stop everything up to and including an Agnes."He
agrees that insurance rates will drop once "the potential for flooding is significantly less.""If the levee works, the day could come you wouldn't need flood insurance," he
has approved funding, but borough council still must secure easements from about a dozen property owners, many of them along Evans Run, a small stream that would have to be encased in a concrete culvert for 700 feet so floodwaters couldn't backwash into town."The borough hasn't started to get easements yet.That's in the very near future," Overlander
said."Norfolk Southern ... has to get the ball rolling."The railroad controls much of the waterfront land, he
explained, so without the company's approval, the plan cannot move forward."I can't tell if that's going to be a difficult process or not," Overlander
added that he's
unsure if the borough could seize the land through eminent domain if needed.