New 500 Year Levee Planned for Missouri?

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Last week’s local flood crests have passed St. Louis but the Mississippi River from Memphis south is producing some near-record crests.

While the danger here may be over for this flood, several Missouri counties upriver from St. Louis say they’re concerned about a Corps of Engineers proposal called “Plan H”.

St. Charles County Councilman Jerry Daugherty says one possible part of the plan is a larger 500 year levee just above Pike County, Missouri.  Daugherty wonders if that means Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles counties are about to become the new expendable farm land flood-way.

Daugherty says when serious flooding occurs,  “then the Corps of Engineers will intentionally use Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles Counties for dumping grounds just like they did at Birds Point.”

The Army Corps of Engineers blew up the levee at Birds Point to save Cairo, Illinois but in the process flooded over one hundred thousand acres of rich Missouri farm land.

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  • thomas

    I say get rid of all the levees. People have known since the Native Americans were here that the land around the Mississippi river flooded in cycles all the way down to New Orleans. The Native Americans only built temporary homes there and lived in higher places when the flooding occurred. The flooding is natural and brings down fresh soil. Of course, now with cities and towns building on the river, there are a lot more toxins brought down too. I feel sorry for the people that lost their land but they knew they were in a flood plain the same as the people in Cairo. Common since tells you that if you live in a flood plain you will eventually get flooded no matter what you do. I feel the same way about people that complain about wild fires when they refuse to have controlled burns to prevent them or people that build right on the shore line and then cry when the land washes out from under them during a storm. People, wake up, get some common sense and stop expecting handouts. A disaster that never happens or only happens once every million years or so is one thing but these floods, wildfires and coastal storms happen often enough to be recorded in modern times.

  • DGL

    Surplus flows could be redirected via pipe-lines to areas such as Lake Mead or other reservoirs.

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