Elba Residents Feel Confident With New Levee

With Katrina making landfall along the Mississippi/Louisiana coastline one year ago, many area emergency responders and elected officials say it's a miracle that the storm didn't come ashore along the Panhandle coastline.

Coffee County residents kept a close eye especially on Katrina.

During the 1990s, Elba suffered through three major floods resulting in the loss of life and millions of dollars in property damage.

Two years ago, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers completed work on the $12 million levee restoration project.

Coffee County E.M.A. director, John Tallas, says folks now feel more confident on the Westside of the Pea River.

Although totally restored, local officials are not sure how large a hurricane or tropical storm system would have to be before the levee would be breached in Elba.