The Army Corps of Engineers is making good progress to getting the Birds Point levee back to its original level by the end of the year. So far, the upper crevasse near Cairo is 92-percent complete to the 55-foot mark. The middle section is finished to that level and the lower is about half done. The next phase is to build the levee to the original 62-and-a-half foot mark at all three crevasses. That project is still on target to be done by mid-December. Corps spokesman Jim Pogue tells KZIM KSIM hard work and good weather have kept them on schedule. Pogue says the total cost of the project is about 11-point-4-million-dollars. All of the work orders and contracts have been awarded. The rebuild was necessary after the Corps blasted the levee May 2nd, 2011, to alleviate severe flooding near Cairo, Illinois.
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