Corps inspecting Southeast MO levee daily

Jan 30, 2012

Inspectors with the Army Corps of Engineers are performing daily inspections of the area where the Birds Point levee was intentionally breached in May.

The intentional breach successfully lowered the level of the flooding in Mississippi River and helped save nearby Cairo, Illinois but flooded 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland. The Corps says the river is rising again, and two to four feet of water will likely get into the center crevasse although major problems are not predicted. A maintenance crew is repairing access to roads at both the center and upper crevasses.