Northeast Missouri is finally getting some relief as the floodwaters begin to back off.

Dave Busee is the Chief of Engineering and Construction for the Army Corps of Engineers , St. Louis District, and says that many people concentrate on the danger when the river is rising, but the threat doesn’t disappear once the river falls.

The Mississippi River, fat from heavy rains that soaked Iowa, has finally crested at many points in northeast Missouri and is beginning to recede. It will drop slowly, according to Busee. Everyone along the Mississippi in northeast Missouri will hold their breath hoping the levees hold until the river drops. Once it drops, the Corps will move in to inspect the levees and determine the damage done by the flood.

Busee says the Corps will review all that happened this spring to go over lessons learned to prepare for the next flood.

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