USA: Missouri Basin Levees Receive Surge in Repairs Funding

Missouri Basin Levees Receive Surge in Repairs Funding

Missouri Basin levees in presidentially-declared disaster areas will receive significantly more funding for repairs under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act signed Friday by President Obama. Of the $8.6 billion provision for nationwide disaster relief, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive approximately $1.7 billion.

“We expect a majority of qualified repairs to levees and our operating projects will be funded,” said Brig. Gen. John R. McMahon, Northwestern Division Commander. “This supplemental appropriation allows us to move from repairs to a 25-year level of flood risk reduction to making full repairs that offer greater risk reduction.”

Corps officials said that the $1.7 billion slated for nationwide levee repairs includes $802 million for the Mississippi River​ and tributaries, $388 million for flood control and coastal emergencies, and $534 million for operations and maintenance activities, including dredging and repairs of damages to Corps projects.

While damage assessment of levees and operating projects is still underway, current estimates to make all qualified repairs in the Missouri River basin is expected to top $530 million. More than $120 million has already been received by the Corps for repairs in the Missouri River Basin.

“Though we can’t complete all the necessary repairs before the next runoff season,” said McMahon, “we will work as hard as we can to ensure those projects with the highest life and safety priorities are ready and in place with the remainder completed as soon as possible.

Communities, businesses and individuals vulnerable to flooding will still need to be prepared for flood-fighting, he said.

Eligible levee repairs pertain to those deemed economically justifiable, with $15,000 or more in damages sustained in the recent flood event, and are active in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers PL 84-99 Rehabilitation and Inspection Program at the time of the flood event.

Dredging Today Staff, December 28, 2011; Image: usace

Share this article

Follow Dredging Today

Events>

<< Mar 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2

Marine & Coastal Design and Engineering

To discuss this and more don’t miss the Marine & Coastal Design and Engineering Forum…

read more >

SEMINAR ON DREDGING AND RECLAMATION (ABU DHABI)

This five-day course strives to provide an understanding through lectures by experts in the field and workshops, partly conducted on-site…

read more >

Navigation Change Climate

The conference will have three main themes, reflecting the work streams in the Think Climate coalition’s Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan:…

read more >

Flood & Coast 2017

The event will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities…

read more >

Jobs>

Dredging Consultant

Anthony D Bates Partnership LLP, a leading international dredging consultancy, is looking for a well-educated, professional and confident person to fill an immediate position...

apply

Network Support Engineer

As Network Support Engineer you will be responsible for the installation / configuration, operation and maintenance of the infrastructural....

apply

Dredge Masters, Engineers and Superintendent\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Urgently Required!

Flagship Management is working with a number of leading international marine and dredging organizations and require the following candidates for a range of global projects...

apply