Corps Awards Birds Point Contracts

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded
contracts to three firms for work to repair the Birds Point levee
in southeast Missouri, a levee intentionally breached by the corps
at the height of spring flooding in 2011.
The repair work of up to $20 million goes to companies from
Poplar Bluff, Mo., Little Rock, Ark., and Hickman, Ky. Corps
Memphis District commander Col. Vernie Reichling said Thursday that
other contracts will be awarded this year to repair flood damage
near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in Kentucky
and Illinois.
The corps breached the Birds Point levee in May 2011 to lower
water level, in part to save neighboring Cairo, Ill. The breach
damaged 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland and damaged several
dozen homes.

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