The Army Corps of Engineers visited Cairo, Illinois on yesterday to check on reconstruction projects following last year’s devastating floods. The Corps will invest more than $100 million toward flood protection systems at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
About $20 million are going towards flood protection at Cairo. Another $6.5 half million are directed at Hickman, Kentucky. And $65 million worth of repairs will re-establish the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway in Missouri, according to Colonel Vernie Reichling.
“We are on schedule to complete those repairs by next year. Now, many of those projects that I’ve mentioned will already have ground being broken and people out there working. Many of them have their own individual schedule. But from a macro sense, we are committed to fully restoring the system by the end of 2013.”
Reichling said there will an announcement in early August about rebuilding the Birds Point levee to its original height of 62.5 feet.
Meanwhile, the Corps began a new $26 million project at Cairo to stabilize the river bank.