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Corps: Progress being made on levee project

(Source: US Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District) (Source: US Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District)
(Source: US Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District) (Source: US Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District)
NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The Army Corps of Engineers say they are continuing to make progress on the construction of the Birds Point levee rebuilding project.

The follow-up project to "Operation Make Safe" is called "Operation Restore."

It will reconstruct the floodway system to pre-operational levels of production, according to the Corps.

The protest to the clay hauling service contract was withdrawn by the filing offeror Donald Bond, according to Maj. Jon Korneliussen. He says the delivery resumed on Thursday.

Donald Bond of Donald Bond Construction says he withdrew his protest involving Wadley Construction because of "current concerns about getting that levee built back up by this winter".

Korneliussen says 2 Memphis District crews consisting of 27 personnel and 24 pieces of heavy equipment are on-site at the upper crevasse.

He says all 5 scour holes are filled with sand to the required depth. Crews continue to apply a clay cap to the first scour hole. A total of 1,800 feet of levee have been built to a Cairo gage elevation of 51 feet at the upper crevasse, according to the Corps.

Corps spokesman Jim Pogue says the clay's being used to build the Birds Point Levee back up to 51 feet by November 30.

The environmental assessment for the center crevasse is scheduled for completion in Mid-September. This addresses multiple protection and repair of all 3 crevasses to the final authorized grade, according to the Corps.

A Vicksburg District crew of 16 personnel and 13 pieces of heavy equipment are on site at the lower crevasse. Corps crews say they are continuing to make progress drying over saturated soil and placing material into a 2,000-foot levee segment.

The Corps says desensitized blasting agent remains stored at the upper and lower crevasses and is not an explosive risk. They have requested permits from the US Dept. of Transportation to remove the blasting materials by no later than Sept. 21. Corps officials say until then the blasting agent will remain secured inside fencing at each site.

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