Proposed New Madrid floodway project is ‘nothing to worry about’
by Terra Temple
Aug 28, 2013 | 853 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After doing a little research, Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel told the Metropolis City Council Monday that a proposed levee in Missouri isn’t what it was first thought to be.

During his report, McDaniel informed the council of a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Cairo High School regarding the New Madrid Floodway Project. McDaniel learned 10 days ago about the meeting and asked Metropolis Emergency Management Coordinator Keith Davis to check into it.

“What we could find out through the flood service in Paducah and the Corps of Engineers was not exactly the way it was interpreted by the person who called me,” McDaniel reported.

According to a press release, the purpose of the hearing is to hear public comments concerning the corps’ New Madrid Floodway Project. The project would build a 60-foot high, quarter-mile long levee, severing the last remaining connection between the Mississippi River and its floodplain in Missouri.  The levee would be built approximately 8 miles south of the Birds Point Levee, which the corps exploded during the Flood of 2011.

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