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BIRDS POINT CLOSER TO COMPLETE

Jan 15, 2013 -- 6:15pm

 

The Bird’s Point Levee work nears completion after 22 months.  Two of the three crevasses created when the Birds Point levee was breached in May 2011 have been restored to the levee's original height.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives at three points along the levee when floodwaters at Cairo reached 61 feet and were still rising.  About 130,000 acres of floodway in Mississippi and New Madrid counties were submerged in an effort to protect areas determined to be at greater risk in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, following an emergency plan created after the flood of 1927.  Memphis district Corps Spokesman Jim Pogue said work on the upper crevasse near Birds Point and the center crevasse near Seven Island Conservation Area are complete, except for installing turfing. The lower crevasse near Donaldson Point Conservation Area is slated for completion sometime in March.  Construction at all three points was scheduled for completion in December 2012, but weather derailed the project in the last few weeks of the year. 

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