Corps to hire private firms to restore levee

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to hire private companies to finish restoration of the Birds Point levee.

The corps set off explosions at three spots on the levee last May to relieve pressure on the floodwall in Cairo, Ill.

The Southeast Missourian reports (http://bit.ly/GRxcS0 ) the corps will be looking in the next two weeks for three firms to bid on the projects.

The corps halted its floodway repairs in December after spending $20 million to shore up the levee to 55 feet of flood protection at each of the blasting spots.

Project engineer Maj. Jon Korneliussen says the private companies will bid to work on each breach. He said private firms are being brought in because of the large number of projects the corps is facing.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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