Mississippi River levee repairs limit high water problems
BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the $450 million spent on repairing levees after the 2011 Mississippi River flood has paid dividends this year, allowing the 2016 winter flood to come and go with little damage expected.
Mark Wingate, deputy district engineer for project management with the Corps' New Orleans district, says about half of the estimated $250 million of repairs needed in the New Orleans Corps district after the current high water likely will go toward dredging out river sediment from the navigation channels - primarily in Southwest Pass.
Wingate says five dredges are working in Southwest Pass to keep up with the greater amount of sediment being deposited there.
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