Cape Girardeau Flood Wall Completion Project

St. Louis District
Published April 12, 2021

CAPE GIRARDEAU – The Saint Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and City of Cape Girardeau will celebrate the completion of nearly $20 million and 15 years of river wall improvement projects in beautiful downtown Cape Girardeau, April 14 at 11 a.m. The work ensures that generations of residents and businesses in the regional hub can enjoy riverfront life safe from increasingly frequent flooding.

The series of reconstruction projects entailed rock berm stabilization to the existing retaining wall, floodwall joint repairs, toe-drain replacement, soil stabilization and closure gate seal replacement, two new pump stations, and miscellaneous structural and culvert work. The massive effort was necessary to enhance the reliability of the original project since the wall was originally completed in 1964.

A time-lapse video of a significant part of the work (toe-drain replacement designed to control water seepage) can be viewed here:

In 2008, the ownership, operation, and maintenance of the flood wall and levee system were transferred to the City of Cape Girardeau. Prior to 2008, the North Main Street and Main Street Levee Improvement Districts operated the system. Productive partnerships among the former Levee Districts, the City, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, local property owners and businesses, and the railroad have provided for the continuing success of the Cape Girardeau Flood Protection System.

Join us in celebrating the successful collaboration that has helped us further reduce flood risks for the City of Cape Girardeau downtown by the river wall at Independence Street with a commemorative photo, a few brief remarks, and a self-guided tour. In the event of inclement weather, the event could be moved to the Shawnee Park Center, please check the morning of for details.

Andre Billeaudeaux

Release no. 21-029