The Army Corps of Engineers has given the private contractor this go-ahead for this summer’s reconstruction at Birds Point. The Corps Memphis District Commander Friday gave Young’s General Contracting the Notice to Proceed for Task Order Number-One. That’s the raise the levee at the upper crevasse to a level of protection of 55-feet at Cairo. Army Corps spokesman Jim Pogue tells KZIM KSIM the River should cooperate to allow for the work to stay on schedule through the summer and fall. Pogue says they still are committed to restoring the floodway to 62-point-5-feet by the end of the year. He says the work on the upper crevasse is expected to cost 2-point-4-million and be done in September. Work on the center crevasse is expected to begin later this summer. The River level is currently at 15-feet at the Cairo gage, 25-feet below flood stage.
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