The floodwaters are falling south of St. Louis but now bats are holding up the levee work.
Officials with the Little River Drainage District near Cape Girardeau say the Corp of Engineers, which handles flood control, is required to survey the area’s bats before it can restore the district’s flood drainage channels.
The channels were badly damaged in the 2011 flood.
Residents of the drainage district say by the time the bat study is done there may be no federal money left to fix the drainage channels.
The Army Corps of Engineers says enviornmental rules require putting out recorders to see if there are any bats and, if there are, to capture them, attach radio transmitters and track the bats to where they live.
- Bob Hamilton, KMOX News