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Corps work to restore Birds Point levee

(Source: US Army Corps of Engineers) (Source: US Army Corps of Engineers)
Crews spread clay landside of the levee at the upper crevasse Saturday (Source: US Army Corps of Engineers) Crews spread clay landside of the levee at the upper crevasse Saturday (Source: US Army Corps of Engineers)
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The Army Corps of Engineers is working to repair three spots in the Birds Point levee where it used explosives in May to relieve pressure on a swollen Mississippi River and flood farmland in Mississippi County.

According to an update from the Corps, earthwork was suspended Monday evening due to rain and lightning.

The Corps of Engineers has a crew of 26 personnel and 20 pieces of heavy equipment on the upper crevasse.  The entire 9,000 feet of levee is at or above a Cairo gage elevation of 51 feet.  Corps officials hope to raise the levee to 55 feet.

A crews of 26 personnel and 20 pieces of heavy equipment  is on the center crevasse and a nearby clay borrow site.  A 10-man night shift move there Nov. 11.  Four additional 25-ton off-road dump trucks were delivered last week.

Interim repairs are complete at the lower crevasse.  Corps crews have demobilized from the site.  Seeding the levee with grass is all that remains at this site.

More than 130,000 acres of farmland and dozens of homes were damaged when the Corps blasted the levee in May.

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