MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The Army Corps of Engineers says it will not meet its goal of restoring all three blast sites to 51 feet by Wednesday. The Corps wanted to build the levee up to 51 feet by Nov. 30 with the goal of 55 feet as soon as possible.
Monday, Corps representatives told Heartland News they had reached 51 feet at the upper and lower site, but continued to work on the center site. None of the areas have yet to reach 55 feet.
According to the Corps, weather is a problem. However, representatives say if the week offers a few days of better weather, they could pass 51 feet at the center site by early December.
As for farmers, and Mississippi County leaders, they tell are worried about current rain fall and river stages.
"It's not just frustrating it's scary," said Presiding Commissioner, Carlin Bennett. "If we have a big rain and the river swells all this is for nothing."
Brian Dill, a local farmer agrees.
"It could get ugly here in the next few weeks," said Dill. "In my opinion, this work could have been done faster."
Corps representatives tell us they are working to do what's best for the entire levee system. Should flood waters threaten, they would flood fight up to 55 feet. Once funds are secured, the levee will be restored to 62.5 feet. No deadline for that height has been set.