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Work proceeds on restoring Birds Point levee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasted the first of three breaches in the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway on May 2. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasted the first of three breaches in the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway on May 2.
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The commander of the of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Memphis District signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) on levee repairs at the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway.

The signature from Col. Vernie L. Reichling clears the way for work to proceed at the center crevasse restoring it to an interim level of 51 feet on the Cairo, Ill., gage by Nov. 30, 2011.

It also provides clearance for restoring the levee to its original preflood elevation of 62.5 feet on the Cairo gage.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Birds-Point New Madrid levee on May 2 to relieve pressure on a swollen Mississippi River.  That levee breach flooded 130,000 acres of farmland and homes in Mississippi and New Madrid counties.

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