The Army Corps of Engineers has completed Phase 1 of its work on the Bird's Point Levee. Work on the Corps’ Phase 2 at the upper crevasse continues while workers install a pipe system, access wells and placement of the levee embankment. At the center crevasse, workers are continuing to construct a berm, levee surface and county road on the berm. The Bird’s Point Levee was breached intentionally in May 2011 when the Army Corps of Engineers blew out part of the levee near New Madrid, Mo., to relieve pressure and lower record flooding upstream at Cairo, Ill., where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers converge.
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