ZOAR, Ohio -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not propose to remove a levee that would have endangered or destroyed the historic Village of Zoar in Tuscarawas County.
The Corps of Engineers said that the options considered most threatening to the 19th-century German separatist settlement are off the table. The Corps of Engineers is looking at options to replace the crumbling levee built in the 1930s that holds back flood waters from the Tuscarawas River. Several options would have resulted in the partial flooding or removal of the village.
The agency said it has re-classified the levee from “most at-risk for failure” to mid-level risk. A full assessment of how to proceed will be done within a year.
Zoar is on the list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places designated by the Historic Trust, and was founded by German immigrants in 1817.