Local newsman Jim Casto stands up against the tiled river height gauge along the entrance of the floodwall in Huntington, West Virginia. (Liam Niemeyer, Ohio Valley ReSource)

Rising waters: Aging levees, climate change and the challenge to hold back the Ohio River

Huntington is one of a dozen levee systems in the basin that the Corps of Engineers classifies as a “high risk” due to the combination of aging infrastructure and the people and property that would be harmed if the system were to fail. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates aging levee systems like these across the country will need $80 billion in upgrades within the next decade.