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Repairs for Mississippi River

According to a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repairs are underway for severe bank scours along the Mississippi River at Fair Landing.  The Corps and Coast Guard set river restrictions during daylight hours to make  what they say are important repairs on banks damaged during the 2011 flood.  

The work is usually performed when river levels permit, that is typically between August and December.  The work can't be performed during high river stages which occur during the rest of the year.  In the last three days, approximately 77 tows, with each pushing an average of 15 barges, have waited between 8 to 10 hours while the work progresses.  But Corp engineers say the repairs will help commerce on the Mississippi River system.

Maj. Gen. Michael Wehr, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division said in the release, "We fully realize how important it is to keep commerce moving on the Mississippi River during harvest season. We are in constant dialogue with industry and the Coast Guard to minimize the impact to navigation, while accomplishing critical flood control and flood risk reduction work before the next high water hits the region."

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