This week, the Geneva City Council received a status report on its levee project.
City engineer Miller Powell said the appraisal and title work is near completion.
By the end of this month, the government is expected to buy around two dozen pieces of property.
The land is needed in order for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to rebuild the levee. It was constructed in the 1930's.
Earlier this year, congress approved $15 million to do the work in Elba and Geneva.
Geneva Mayor Warren Beck hopes to formally break ground on the project in October.
Elba broke ground on its levee last May.