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The Army Corps gets closer to rebuilding Birds Point to its original protection level

Dec 07, 2012 -- 12:45pm

 

The Army Corps of Engineers is making good progress to getting the Birds Point levee back to its original level by the end of the year.  So far, the upper crevasse near Cairo is fully complete to the 55-foot mark.  It’s 67-percent to the original 62-and-a-half-foot level.  The middle section is finished to 62-feet.  The lower section is done to 59-feet.  Corps Project manager Regina Cash tells KZIM KSIM they have to still lay down some centerline pipe and fill more dirt on the levee embankment near Cairo to be done by the end of the month.  Cash says the total cost of the project is about 11-point-4-million-dollars.  All of the work orders and contracts have been awarded.  The rebuild was necessary after the Corps blasted the levee May 2nd, 2011, to alleviate severe flooding near Cairo, Illinois. 

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