CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Thursday, the Deputy Commanding General for the Army Corps of Engineers toured the damaged areas in the floodway area of Birds Point.
"Now that we've seen it we can better decide what to do next," said Maj. Gen. Merdith Temple.
Maj. Gen. Temple says now that they can get to the three areas intentionally breeched when the Birds Point plan was activated, they can evaluate them and decide how to fix them temporarily.
He says then, they will look at ways to modify the plan and make it better.
"Safety is our first priority," said Maj. Gen. Temple.
The timeline calls for a temporary solution to be in place by March of 2012 when spring flooding could occur again.
"It's always a possibility," he said.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Temple also addressed the issue of compensation. He said individuals need to file a claim to be considered.
As for the Pinhook area, he said he understand the state is working with them as some of the residents expressed a desire to have their community moved.
"It is my understanding the State is working with them as far as what they can do," said Maj. Gen. Temple.
Meanwhile, residents have expressed to Heartland News concern over some of the areas where the levees were breeched experiencing an inflow of water.
"That is true," said Maj. Gen. Temple. "We will have our crew on the ground figure out what is causing that and what the solution is."
Representative Jo Ann Emerson also toured the area today with the Corps. of Engineers.
"We need number one to have some kind of temporary structure put in place," said Emerson. "Or, build up the existing levees, join them and ensure that we can maintain them. Something to give our farmers protection, because those who can are already out there putting the land back together so they can plant."