Delta Council alters annual meeting agenda due to flood

CLEVELAND — The business session and format of the 76th Annual Delta Council Meeting, slated for May 6 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, has been adjusted to account for the unprecedented high water facing the Mississippi Delta.

Delta Council president Cass Pennington said that all activities associated with the business session of the meeting will be suspended so that the Corps of Engineers and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency can provide a briefing to all beginning at 10:30 a.m.

“We are sorry that this decision had to be made, but in the interest of credible information and public safety in this serious situation, it was the only prudent alternative to give these agencies a public platform,” said Pennington. “At a time when so many of our citizens and businesses are facing the greatest flood threat of their lifetime and their property and safety are compromised, it is imperative that we allow all members of the public to hear a thorough briefing from the Corps of Engineers and the emergency management agencies.”

The events scheduled at 9:30 a.m. — the Salute to Honor Graduates and the Political Roundtable — will go on as scheduled before the 10:30 a.m. briefing by the Corps and MEMA.

Pennington said, “We appreciate all of the sponsors, individuals, agencies and other special friends who come together to make Delta Council Day a special day in the life of the Delta. However, this flood situation, as projected by the National Weather Service and the Corps of Engineers, supersedes any we have ever faced in the Delta. I do appreciate our featured speaker, Jim Barksdale, and our sponsors — BankPlus, Southern Ag Credit/Land Banks of Mississippi, Jimmy Sanders. Inc. and five organizations representing ‘Voices of Mississippi Agriculture,’ Catfish Farmers of Mississippi, Corn Promotion Board, Cotton Inc., Rice Promotion Board and Soybean Promotion Board — for recognizing the severity of the flood and affirming our decision that credible information and public safety should be the priority of Delta Council.”

Source: Delta Council

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