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Corp: $2.8B Damages in 2011 Mississippi River Flood

February 25, 2013

By Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it.

A report released Monday said the Mississippi River and Tributaries system was operated as it was designed and was mostly successful in fighting the flood along most of the nation`s most important inland waterway.

However, the report said the spring 2011 flood exposed vulnerabilities in many system components and the plans used to operate them. The report said there is room for improvement in nearly all areas of the system.

The report said the flood affected the lower Mississippi River states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

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Story image: In this May 3, 2011, file photo, a structure is seen nearly covered by floodwater from the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Mo. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File

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