COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- City crews in Coeur d'Alene put up a nearly one mile long sea wall Monday morning. It is the first time the sea wall has been up in more than 50 years.
It is designed to protect parts of the city from flooding, but it was put up on Monday just to test it. The top of it sits roughly 20 feet above Lake Coeur d'Alene.
The seawall was built in the 1930's after Coeur d'Alene was hit hard with flooding. Only small parts of it have been put up during severe weather since then.
FEMA recently asked the city to certify the seawall to make sure it was up to code.
The seawall goes for nearly a mile beginning at the Museum of North Idaho and ends around Hubbard Avenue. Crews were out by 7:00 a.m. to make sure it was in place before the day ended.
"I think it's a good idea to put this up, see if all the parts are here. If they work. And we could have a big flood sometime," said longtime Coeur d'Alene resident Larry Strobel.