They're making progress along the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway, but it hasn't come without obstacles. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to tackle an enormous project on a tight budget. It's been almost four months since the historic blast that sent river water pouring into the floodway. It's far from the way it was, but today things look much different. "We've made a lot of progress so far," said David Montgomery-U.S. Army Corps of Engin...
Crews work to overcome obstacles, and a tight budget as they work to rebuild a levee system destroyed by explosives in early May.
After completing the levee blasts at the Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway Thursday, the US Army Corps of Engineers is moving its joint information center to Memphis to continue the floodfight downstream of the Mississippi River. The third levee blast happened at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers. "Public safety is number one. I still don't think people don't understand the immensity of this flood. The rain event we've had the past two...
After completing the levee blasts at the Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway Thursday, the US Army Corps of Engineers is moving its joint information center to Memphis to continue the floodfight downstream of the Mississippi River.
City leaders in Cairo are growing very concerned by the hour about the flooding situation. Flood stage in Cairo is at 40 feet, and the river is expected to crest soon at 60.5. According to Mayor Judson Childs, Cairo is on the verge of being the next 9th ward of New Orleans if the Corp of Engineers fails to open the Birds Point Floodway South of Cairo. The intentional levee break in Mississippi County, Missouri would flood thousands of acres of farmland. "I think once you start co...
Cairo's Mayor says his city is on the verge of being the next 9th ward of New Orleans if the Corp of Engineers fails to open the Birds Point Floodway South of Cairo.
The decision is in the hands of a federal judge who heard arguments over a plan to intentionally break a Mississippi River levee. Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. heard arguments from attorneys for Missouri and the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday on a corps proposal to blow a 2-mile-wide hole through the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri. The corps says breaking the levee would ease waters rising around the upstream town of Cairo, Ill., near the confluence of the swollen Mississipp...
The desicion is in the hands of a federal judge who heard arguments over a plan to intentionally break a Mississippi River levee.
Mount Level Farms in Mississippi county is home to more than 15,000 acres of farmland. When the US Army Corps of Engineers activated the Birds Point flood plan, most of that land ended
Mount Level Farms in Mississippi county is home to more than 15,000 acres of farmland. When the US Army Corps of Engineers activated the Birds Point flood plan, most of that land ended up underwater.
A new mayor for the city of Cairo was sworn in Monday evening, and in Tyron Coleman's first full day as Mayor he kept the mandatory evacuation for the city in effect. Mayor Coleman says due
Mayor Coleman says due to safety issues the mandatory evacuation is still in place
Farmers in the Birds Point spillway filed a class action lawsuit on Tuesday against the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will survey the levee construction project at Birds Point Wednesday to view progress on the effort to replace flood protection along the Mississippi River.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers complete scheduled maintenance within the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway last week.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with HESCO to put in temporary flood protection at the Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway.
The Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mississippi Valley Division has directed an orderly shutdown of the Birds Point-New Madrid project area due to forecasts of unseasonably high river levels and ordered temporary flood protection measures.
The Army Corps of Engineers says it will not meet its goal of restoring all three blast sites to 51 feet by Wednesday.
The Army Corps of Engineers have released an update to levee work being done this week at Birds Point.
The Corps says the District is now authorized and funded to continue improvements at the upper crevasse to 55 feet on the Cairo gage as part of Operation Make Safe.
The Army Corps of Engineers is working to repair three spots in the Birds Point levee where it used explosives in May to relieve pressure on a swollen Mississippi River and flood farmland in Mississippi County.
The Army Corps of Engineers are continuing to rebuild the levee the Birds Point.
The Army Corps of Engineers has announced a change of command for the Mississippi Valley Division.
Friday afternoon the Army Corps of Engineers announced it has $3 million dollars more to contribute to the rebuilding construction of the Birds Point Levee.
When will our levee be permanently repaired to 60 plus feet? That's the question on the minds of people in Mississippi and New Madrid counties.
The Army Corps of Engineers estimates it will cost more than $2 billion to repair the damage to the nation's levees, dams and riverbanks caused by this year's excessive flooding.
The commander of the of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Memphis District signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Environmental Assessment on levee repairs at the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway. That clears the way to proceed with interim restoration.
Farmers and residents in the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway are invited to watch the premiere of a short documentary film called "Man Made: Disaster at Birds Point." The showing will be in East Prairie at 10 a.m. Friday.
The Army Corps of Engineers say they are continuing to make progress on the Birds Point levee rebuilding project. The follow-up project to "Operation Make Safe" is called "Operation Restore."
Residents, business owners, and workers affected by the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway levee repair are asked to take part in a public comment period on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers draft notice of Environmental Assessment.
"Well, we started at the top at Birds Point and worked our way down to the various places where the levee has been breached and 130,000 acres of prime farmland flooded," said Nixon.
Authorities are trying to identify some bone fragments found near the Birds Point levee.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is beginning repairs to the breach levee at the Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway frontline levee.
It's a new problem for farmers on the Birds Point Spillway: theft.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts the Missouri River flooding will not cause additional flooding in the Birds-Poin News Madrid Floodway without another significant rain event.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold an informational meeting Thursday evening in East Prairie to talk about the claims filing process for Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway residents and property owners.
How will we recover? That's the question families and farmers in Birds Point ask now that the water is on the way down and the clean up begins.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R) a letter explaining a timeline for effort to rehabilitate the Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway destroyed by water after the corps intentionally breached a levee on May 2.
Farmers and homeowners in the Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway, whose land has been underwater for nearly a week get the chance to survey their losses Monday.
Coroners in both New Madrid and Mississippi counties are keeping a close eye on local cemeteries. So far there have been no major concerns, but the New Madrid County coroner says in most cases-they can't bury the dead because of flooding issues.
This press release is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers safety tips to residents.
Governor Pat Quinn today urged people who have evacuated from flooded communities to heed instruction from public officials about returning to their homes.
Satellite images from NASA show the impact of the Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate made the following statement today on the artificial opening of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway
Cairo, Ill. evacuees waited to return home Wednesday as Missouri residents waited for the third levee blast at the New Madrid Floodway.
"While breaching the levee at Birds Point has relieved pressure and lowered water levels, Cairo and other towns along the Ohio River are not out of the woods yet," said Durbin.
Since he was four yeas old, 72-year-old Paul Haney made his home near Birds Point. He now farms 2400 acres of farmland. Land, that will soon be under water.
McCaskill made the following statement on the Army Corps of Engineers levee blast.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon released the following statement regarding the decision by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to intentionally breach the Birds Point-New Madrid Levee.
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson released the following statement on the Army Corps of Engineers breaching the levee at the Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement Monday after Major General Michael Walsh of the Army Corps of Engineers announced that they will intentionally breach a levee.
Maj. General Michael Walsh, President of the Mississippi River Commission, says he has decided to operate the floodway project at Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway.
(Source: Army Corps of Engineers)
Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, President of the Mississippi River Commission with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, says no official decision to has been made to blast the Bird's Point - New Madrid Floodway levee.
The Corps is moving to H minus 24 hours and holding. Barges are being moved from Wickliffe, KY, directly across Mississippi River from access wells, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District twitter page.
A federal judge who heard arguments over a plan to intentionally break a Mississippi River levee has left the bench without making a ruling.
It's been a big question to everyone in the Heartland. Will the Army Corps of Engineers decide to breach the Bird's Point Levee on purpose?
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is entering the debate over destroying part of a Missouri levee to protect an Illinois town from flooding.
The man who has the final say on artificially breaching the Mississippi River levee in Mississippi County will take questions from county leaders and the public Wednesday afternoon in East Prairie.
Leaders from Mississippi County, New Madrid County, and Jo Ann Emerson met with the Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday afternoon about a plan to intentionally break the Bird's Point Levee.
The Army Corps of Engineers will decide Tuesday whether to move ahead with a plan to breach a southeastern Missouri levee in a bid to ease flood waters.