Corps has more than $500M for river repairs
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans District of the Army Corps of Engineers says it has more than a half billion dollars to spend on projects to fix damage from the historic flooding on the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers last year.
The Army Corps says it plans to spend $257 million on levee and structure repairs, $155 million on dredging, $74 million on channel improvements and $60 million on other structures.
The corps district says work is underway or about to begin on many of these projects and the agency says it hopes to finish much of the work by the end of this year.
Last year, the Mississippi carried record amounts of water, damaging levees and causing the river to silt in.