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Rain threatened Nauvoo Temple project
Burlington IA Hawk Eye 28Jun00 D1
By Stephen A. Martin: The Hawk Eye

NAUVOO, Ill -- After five inches of rain saturated the ground, the pavement under Bluff Street began to crack. The hole grew larger and larger, until it forced city officials to close the street.

Workers at the Nauvoo Temple construction site had to replace water-logged dirt that pushed a metal retaining wall 15 inches out of place. The wall is being replaced with a sloped surface.

Water saturated the ground so thoroughly that the street began to buckle and crack. Officials worried that a 108-inch water main located beneath the street might develop a leak from the vibrations of passing traffic. Although the pipe was found to be all right, the ground surrounding the line had become unstable.

Ron Prince, project manager for the LDS Church Temple, said that the church will pay the expenses for the city and for the contractor. "If you get heavy rains in this area, that's what we have to put up with," he said. Prince said that despite the repairs, which will take at least two weeks to complete, the construction "is moving along very rapidly.... We're on schedule."


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