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Corps begins Birds Point levee repairs

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasted a levee at Birds Point on May 2. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasted a levee at Birds Point on May 2.
About 130,000 acres of farmland and houses flooded after the levee was blasted on May 2. (Source: Deena Glenn) About 130,000 acres of farmland and houses flooded after the levee was blasted on May 2. (Source: Deena Glenn)
Water washed out 130,000 acres of land after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasts a levee at Birds Point in May. (Source: cNews Clay Shelby) Water washed out 130,000 acres of land after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasts a levee at Birds Point in May. (Source: cNews Clay Shelby)
A man walks through a washed out field at Birds Point. (Source: cNews Clay Shelby) A man walks through a washed out field at Birds Point. (Source: cNews Clay Shelby)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is beginning repairs to the breach levee at the Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway frontline levee.

Workers were mobilized Thursday with work to begin Thursday afternoon.

Repairs will be made to the three intentionally breached sections of levee and repairs areas impacting by overtopping.

The main purpose of the construction work is to establish a safe road for official use over areas of the frontline levee, according to Jim Pogue, Corps' Memphis District spokesman. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin immediate repairs to a Mississippi River levee that it intentionally breached during flooding earlier this spring.

Gov. Jay Nixon released the following statement regarding the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild the levee along the Mississippi River at sites of the three intentional breaches in southeast Missouri:

"Earlier this evening, I personally spoke with Major Gen. Michael Walsh of the Corps of Engineers, who informed me that he has given orders to mobilize the Memphis District to rebuild the three breach points in the frontline levee in southeast Missouri to a height of 51 feet. This decision was absolutely critical for farmers in the region, who need adequate protection to proceed with planting a crop during the current growing season. I appreciate Gen. Walsh's approval of this plan, and my administration will continue to provide assistance and support to the people of southeast Missouri at every stage of the recovery and rebuilding process."

Last week, Gov. Nixon wrote to Gen. Walsh to underscore the importance of quick action to provide protection for Missouri farmers along the levee to allow them to plant crops this season.

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