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Some levees won't be fixed by spring

DES MOINES (AP) -- About a dozen damaged levees will stand between Iowa homes and farm fields this spring because of a delay in repairs.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had estimated that the flood-damaged levees certified by the corps would be fixed by year's end, but they're not even close.

Among the delays are a lack of crews, early winter weather, delayed requests from municipalities and in at least one instance in Oakville, the discovery of American Indian artifacts.

Corps spokesman Ron Fournier says only three of the 38 levees and other flood-protection projects requested by Iowa, Illinois and Missouri are done. A dozen Iowa projects are among those unfinished.

Fournier says some of the corps' work will spill into late spring or summer.

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