ZOAR, Ohio -- Work has begun on a new method to measure leakage at a deteriorating level in the historic eastern Ohio village of Zoar.
Federal officials want to find a permanent solution to the threat.
The 75-year-old levee administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers protects the village from flooding. The village was founded in 1817 by religious separatists and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Flooding over the years has led to water seepage under the levee.
That has weakened the earthen structure that runs along the edges of the village. The corps has classified the levee at its highest risk level, meaning it is in need of urgent repairs.
Federal officials are expected to decide on a final solution by 2015.