Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Nixon urges Corps to construct temporary levee

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urged the Army Corps of Engineers to construct a temporary levee to protect Mississippi County farmers this year.

The Army Corps of Engineers opened the Birds Point levee on May 2 to relieve flooding pressure on other communities upstream. But it flooded 130,000 acres of rural farmland.

Nixon said that a temporary levee would lead to economic recovery because farmers will be able to plant this year.

The governor said that his administration is willing to provide the necessary resources for the temporary levee.

The Army Corps of Engineers has established a timeline for rebuilding the Birds Point levee by March 2012.


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