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Temporary repairs on Birds Point levee nearly finished

Thursday, September 29, 2011 | 11:29 a.m. CDT; updated 5:33 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 29, 2011

NEW MADRID — 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.

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The Southeast Missourian reports that the corps expects to finish interim repairs at one of the three breached spots early next month. The other temporary repairs should be complete by Nov. 30.

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


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