Engineer Corps works on 10 projects along Mississippi River, tributaries

11/2/2011 | Engineering News-Record

The Army Corps of Engineers is focusing this fall on 10 projects worth $75.8 million designed to fix flood-damaged levees considered crucial in providing flood protection along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. The federal agency, however, is working to find long-term solutions and will need about $2 billion to restore the entire levee system along the river, according to this article. "We want the states and the public who live behind these levees to know we currently do not have the funding to do these items on the list,” said Scott Whitney of the Corps' Mississippi Valley Division, adding that there could be "an extended period of risk for an extended period of time" because the levees have weakened and might fail even during moderate flooding.

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