Col. Vernie Reichling, with the Corps said other contracts will be awarded this year to repair flood damage near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in Kentucky and Illinois. The repair work announced Thursday was awarded to Young’s General Contracting, of Poplar Bluff, ; Kingridge Enterprises of Little Rock, Ark.; and Harold Coffey Construction Co., of Hickman, Ky. The corps used explosives to blow the Birds Point levee last spring in part to keep neighboring Cairo from flooding. The tactic lowered the water level on the Mississippi River but inundated 130,000 acres of farmland. Several dozen homes were also flooded.
The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded $20 million worth of contracts to three firms to repair the Birds Point levee, which was intentionally breached last year in southeast Missouri to alleviate flooding on the Mississippi River.