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Birds Point Levee (Getty/Scott Olson)

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CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin immediate repairs to a Mississippi River levee that it intentionally breached during flooding earlier this spring.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Wednesday that the Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, who ordered the breach in early May, said the levee in southeast Missouri will be rebuilt at three breach points.

The corps breached the levee to relieve pressure on the floodwall at nearby Cairo, Ill., which spared the town from being flooded but inundated about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Walsh said the levee would be rebuilt to 51 feet. That’s shorter than the earlier 60.5 feet but enough to provide flood protection for farmers.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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