(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- A 51-foot levee at Birds Point is just not good enough.
During the town hall meeting aboard the Mississippi River Commission's Motor Vessel Mississippi at the New Madrid waterfront Monday, officials from other areas discussed issues such as local levee work or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' "Plan H" for the upper Mississippi River.
Local officials and residents had only one topic of interest, however: rebuilding the breached frontline levee back to 62 feet.
The MRC stopped in New Madrid as part of its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River during which meetings are scheduled to provide opportunities for the public and officials to present concerns, ideas and issues.
Maj. Gen. John W. Peabody, MRC member, explained how the Corps took "justified risks" and kept water back where it could in an effort to keep the river stage at Cairo below 61 feet so they would not have to breach the levee.
"Obviously, the rain overwhelmed us," he said.
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