OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently has only enough money available to fix 11 of 68 Missouri River levees and is draining extra water from upstream reservoirs to nurse the flood-battered system through 2012.
Officials made the announcement Monday during a meeting of the Missouri River Flood Task Force in suburban Kansas City. The damaged levees are located in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.
The corps says the $68 million available is sufficient only to help pay for the most crucial projects. The goal is to fix those levees at least enough to protect against a 25-year flood, although many previously provided 100-year flood protection.
John Leighow of the corps says it would cost $253 million to make all the repairs needed in the Missouri River Basin.
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