The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a bid to repair this breach near Watson, Missouri.

Plans for repairs on the damaged Missouri River levees are finally under way. Nearly 100 days after the initial flood started, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced Tuesday, June 11, that a $22.1 million contract has been awarded to Weston Solutions of West Chester, Pennsylvania, for initial breach repairs to the L550-561 levee system.

In the USACE press release, they explained there are four levee breaches on levee L550 due to this year’s high runoff event. This initial breach repair will reduce the risk of flooding to help protect critical infrastructure along the Missouri River near Watson, Missouri.

“Within 100 days of the contractor beginning this initial breach repair work, both priority breaches on the L550 levee system should be closed,” said Rachel Shrader, Project Manager, Omaha District System Restoration Team. “These initial breach repairs will increase flood risk management to the area behind the levee as the team works on repair solutions for fully rehabilitating the levee system.”