The federal Environmental Protection Association says it found no evidence of serious contamination in Mississippi River water released by the May 2 breech of the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri.
The Army Corps of Engineers blew up the levee to relieve the flooding risk to Cairo, Ill.¬† In doing so, it covered 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland with several feet of water.
Army Corps: More Rain Could Force Release of More Water from Dam
The top Army officer for the management of the Missouri River says additional rain could force the release of even greater amounts of water from an upstream dam. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers already is releasing a record 150,000 cubic feet of water per second from Gavin's Point dam in South Dakota.
The construction plan for a temporary levee at Birds Point got a gubernatorial boost today.
Beginning on May 2, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the levee at Birds Point on to relieve pressure on a strained Mississippi River system. The breech covered about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland with water.
Residents of the southeast Missouri land behind the Birds Point levee are dealing with the aftermath of the decision to breach the levee and unleash torrents of Mississippi River water across 130,000 acres of land.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the floodway needed to be activated last month, as it was intended, to help reduce floodwaters in communities in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is¬†considering a plan to replace the earthen levee at the Birds¬†Point-New Madrid Floodway with mechanical gates.
The corps intentionally breached the levee May 2 to reduce the threat of major flooding from the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in¬†nearby Cairo, Ill. The breach flooded 130,000 acres of prime¬†Missouri farmland and damaged or destroyed as many as 100 homes.
Corps spokesman Jim Pogue told The Southeast Missourian that the¬†corps will "look at all the alternatives" after it temporarily¬†repairs the levee by March 1.
Speaking from London, President Barack Obama says he plans to travel to Missouri on Sunday to meet with victims of the "devastating and heartbreaking" tornadoes that hit the state this weekend.
The president says he wants Midwesterners whose lives were disrupted by the deadly storms to be assured that the federal government will use all resources possible to help them recover and rebuild. Obama spoke in London, the second stop on his four-country, six-day tour of Europe. The president is due back in Washington Saturday night.