The first phase of restoration work has been completed on a Mississippi River levee that was intentionally breached in 2011 during record flooding.
Glen Bullington, a civil engineer technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, told The Southeast Missourian Friday that the first phase of work on Birds Point levee included restoring the levee to 55 feet of protection.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breached the levee at Birds Point as part of the activation of the floodway on the night of May 2, 2011. The process to rebuild the levee to its original height is expected to conclude by the end of 2012.
The Army Corps of Engineers will restore the Birds Point-New Madrid levee to its original height by the end of the year. The Mississippi River Commission made the decision last week, according to Army Corps spokesperson Jim Pogue.
“Our level of confidence in our ability to finish this work this year is real high," Pogue said. "We’ve had good weather, good river stages and assuming that the contractor continues to make good progress and our other work in the confluence area goes well, we’ll be right on track.”
Construction at the Birds Point-New Madrid Levee has come to a halt - a contractor protested the Army Corps of Engineers' bid process.
A&M Engineering and Environmental Services, from Tulsa, Oklahoma challenged the Corps’ decision to award the $2.4 million contract to rebuild the upper crevasse to Young’s General Contracting, from Poplar Bluff. Corps spokesperson Jim Pogue says the Corps must now go through a thorough review process.