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Morning headlines: Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jun 16, 2011
Jacob McClelland, KRCU

Army Corps to Begin Immediate Repairs to Mississippi River Levee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Mississippi River levee during flooding earlier this spring.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday that Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, who ordered the breach in early May, said the levee in southeast Missouri will be rebuilt at three breach points. The corps breached the levee to relieve pressure on the floodwall at nearby Cairo, Ill., which spared the town from being flooded but inundated about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.