Army corps delays decision on breaking Mo. levee

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 4:43 PM
Army corps delays decision on breaking Mo. levee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has put off making a final decision on a controversial plan to intentionally breach a levee protecting valuable farmland from the rising Mississippi River.

The agency made the announcement Tuesday in Memphis following a teleconference and decided to put off a formal decision on the plan until at least Wednesday, when it was scheduled to meet again on the issue.

The corps wants to intentionally break the levee at Birds Point in Mississippi County in order to relieve upstream pressure on a different levee protecting the Illinois town of Cairo.

Though the corps tabled its plans, it nonetheless announced it was still moving equipment needed to execute the break into position along the levee.

Missouri government leaders have objected to the plan, saying it would danger 130,000 acres of prime farmland.