New 500 Year Levee Planned for Missouri?
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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.