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Birds Point levee a step closer to pre-flood level

The breach of the Birds Point levee took place May 2, 2011. The breach of the Birds Point levee took place May 2, 2011.
MEMPHIS, TN (KFVS) -

The Army Corp of Engineers is a step closer to building the Birds Point levee back to its pre-flood level.

The Corp is removing the sand-filled HESCO bastions from the top of the levee in the upper crevasse in preparation for this year's construction season. 

"The Corps' goal remains to restore the floodway to its authorize elevation this calendar year, however this is dependent on level of risk in the confluence area and updating the operation mechanism for the floodway."  Col. Reichling said.

Corp officials say this will set the stage for contract work crews to begin widening and raising the levee to 55 feet.

HESCO bastions are collapsible wire mesh containers with a heavy duty fabric liner.

They were put on the levee crown at the end of last year's construction season to provide temporary protection.

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