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Corps of Engineers: Flood relief system worked

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WARREN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The US Army Corp Of Engineers says their flood relief system worked as it was designed in the great flood of 2011.

They also say their flood predictions were just below what they anticipated, due to a lack of rainfall through May, and the first half of June.  The Corp held a press conference aboard a barge on the Mississippi river Thursday.

The meeting was led by Col. Jeffrey Eckstein, Commander of the Vicksburg District.  Eckstein says the Corp has formed several teams of engineers who are evaluating the levee system which was tested like never before. 

Three areas that are a priority are removing the excess water off Eagle Lake, repairing Buck Chute, and removing the tarp and gravel off the Yazoo River backwater area.

The Corp is also forming an inter-agency task force, looking at how different federal agencies can aid in the recovery, repair efforts.

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