Local officials and residents at a public hearing asked the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway in Missouri and raise it by 11 feet to provide adequate protection in flood-prone areas. The Corps blasted the structure with explosives to control flooding when the Mississippi River crested in May. Floodwaters would have overwhelmed the levee even if the structure had been left intact, said Maj. Gen. John Peabody, commander of the Corps of Engineers' Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

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