CHARLESTON -- The levee is fixed. Now it's time to finish building it by closing the gap.
Mississippi County residents and officials were recently relieved by news that the three breaches in the frontline levee are restored to their authorized height. The breaches were made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to activate the New Madrid Floodway in May 2011.
The next step is to close the 1500-foot gap between the frontline and mainline levees and protect area residents from backwater flooding and stormwater flooding, according to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
In a Dec. 14 letter addressed to Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Daniel M. Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, McCaskill urged reaching a resolution on the St. Johns Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project or explaining in writing what the holdup is.
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