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Corps of Engineers monitor sand boils in Hickman, KY

(Source: Memphis District Corps of Engineers/Facebook) (Source: Memphis District Corps of Engineers/Facebook)
HICKMAN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring sand boils in Hickman, Kentucky.

Sand boils happen when water pressure on the river side of a levee pushes water under the levee and it bubbles up on the land side, according to the Memphis District Corps of Engineers.

As long as clear water is flowing, there is no problem since that indicates no levee material is being washed away.

If the flowing water contains significant amounts of material then the Corps surrounds the sand boil with a ring of sand bags to equalize the water pressure and stop any damage to the levee.

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