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Temporary Repairs Of Birds Point Levee Nearly Done

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Floodwater flows over the Birds Point levee after the Army Corps of Engineers blew a massive hole in it to divert water from the town of Cairo, Illinois May 3, 2011 near Wyatt, Missouri. The diversion flooded about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland and 100 homes in the state. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and has caused widespread flooding in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas.  (Photo: Getty/Scott Olson)

Floodwater flows over the Birds Point levee after the Army Corps of Engineers blew a massive hole in it to divert water from the town of Cairo, Illinois May 3, 2011 near Wyatt, Missouri. The diversion flooded about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland and 100 homes in the state. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and has caused widespread flooding in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas. (Photo: Getty/Scott Olson)

NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to complete temporary repairs soon of the Birds Point levee, but officials in southeast Missouri continue to pressure the corps to rebuild the intentionally-breached levee to its original height.

The corps used explosives to breach the levee this spring to ease flooding on the Mississippi River and help save the nearby town of Cairo, Ill. The breach flooded 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland and destroyed dozens of homes.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the corps expects to finish interim repairs at one of the three breached spots early next month. The other temporary repairs should be complete by Nov. 30.

A corps spokesman says the agency is committed to getting the levee back to its original height.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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