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Temporary repairs of Birds Point levee nearly done

(Source: Memphis ACOE) (Source: Memphis ACOE)

NEW MADRID, Mo. (KFVS/AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to complete temporary repairs soon of the Birds Point levee, but officials in southeast Missouri continue to pressure the corps to rebuild the intentionally-breached levee to its original height.

The corps used explosives to breach the levee this spring to ease flooding on the Mississippi River and help save the nearby town of Cairo, Ill. The breach flooded 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland and destroyed dozens of homes.

According to the Corps, the repairs are scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30. Construction began on June 16, 2011.

As of Thursday, the lower crevasse was at 77-percent completion, said the Corps. It is near the Donaldson Point Conservation area. The Corps says the soil there was poorly drained and they are taking extra steps to reduce the moisture content.

Corps officials say the upper crevasse was at 62-percent completion. It is near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers at Birds Point. Crews were filling the last of 5 scour holes at the upper crevasse with clay on Thursday.

And, the Corps says the center crevasse was at 17-percent completion. It is located near Seven Island Conservation area. Corps officials say sand was being used to fill the scour hole there on Thursday.

A corps spokesman says the agency is committed to getting the levee back to its original height.


Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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