Army Corps flood fighters fully engaged as major flooding threat - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Army Corps flood fighters fully engaged as major flooding threatens Mississippi River Valley

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, fully activated its flood fighting emergency management operations to manage rapidly rising water levels on the Mississippi River and several tributaries, with the highest Mississippi River levels since the Great Flood of 2011.

The St. Louis District is now battling flooding along the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois rivers with forecasts to go higher over the course of this week. 

The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, initiated its own flood fight on December 28 for the Mississippi, Upper St. Francis and White rivers.

Forecasters believe the river will remain above 49 feet for several days depending upon additional rainfall. During flood-fight activities, Corps personnel monitor all federal flood control works including levees, flood walls and pumping stations.

Based on National Weather Service forecasts indicating Cairo will crest at 59 feet on January 5, the third highest on record, the Corps began mobilizing people, barges and operational equipment from various locations to begin possible Birds Point - New Madrid floodway operations.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that although they do not anticipate operating the floodway, they are preparing for any contingency that will protect the integrity of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project.  

As the crest moves south, major flood stages are forecasted for Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans.

These major flood stages also create the potential for activating the Bonnet Carre' spillway and the Morganza floodway. Additional public announcements will be issued as the crest nears the lower river.

The Corps' division headquarters in Vicksburg, Mississippi coordinates all flood-fight activities in the Mississippi Valley. The division's Emergency Operations Centers in each of the impacted districts direct flood-fight activities in conjunction with the affected states, levee districts and other local interest groups.

The federal flood protection works in the Mississippi Valley protect many thousands of homes, millions of lives and vast tracts of fertile cropland.

The overall flood control system, also known as the Mississippi River and Tributaries project prevented more than $230 billion in flood damages during the Great Flood of 2011, and over its history — $639 billion, a 44.5 to 1 return rate — and that figure will increase following this year's flood event.

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