JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - There is a new chapter in the debate on flood control for the Pearl River in the Jackson metro area. According to developer John McGowan, the levee board is taking its first steps to ensure his Two Lakes Plan is evaluated and compared with other plans.
McGowan's plan consists of dredging the Pearl River and creating two lakes and new waterfronts to provide flood protection. A study by the U.S. Corps of Engineers two years ago found the plan was not the best option. McGowan says now the Corps of Engineers admits they had studied another plan called LeFleur Lakes Plan involving levees in downtown Jackson instead of the Two Lakes Plan.
"The $1.4 billion Two Lakes is too expensive. Two Lakes does this, Two Lakes does that," said The Two Lakes Foundation spokesperson Dallas Quinn about criticism of the plan. "But now it's 2009. Now the Corps and the local levee board and the local levee board's contract engineers are all saying the Two Lakes plan was never studied."
"This time we will be involved in every stage of the evaluation so that it will be done right," said McGowan.
In a unanimous vote last week the levee board voted to request that the Two Lakes plan join the feasibility study still underway.