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Officials urge fix for frontline levee

Friday, June 24, 2011

CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County officials are urging Congressional pressure and federal funding for a permanent fix on the frontline levee.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently began working on an interim repair of the three breaches in the frontline levee.

Commissioners adopted a resolution during their regular meeting Thursday requesting an emergency supplemental appropriations bill to provide federal funding to permanently repair the levee "so that those devastated by this year's flooding can rebuild and restore their lives and livelihood."

The resolution notes that "spring storms have caused some of the greatest flooding since 1937 in the Mississippi Delta region" which has resulted in "massive crop losses for farmers who have already planted" and in other farmers "missing an entire growing season on some of the nation's most productive farmland."

The Mississippi River and Tributaries Project, which the resolution notes is "the nation's first comprehensive flood control and navigation act," protects 5 million people and billions of dollars in property, according to the resolution.

A copy of the resolution along with a letter signed by all three county commissioners is being sent to Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Roy Blunt.

"The Mississippi County Commission asks that you use all necessary means to assure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes repairs to the levee system breached with explosives when the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway Plan was activated," the letter reads.

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