Posts Tagged ‘flood control’

Crews attack flood threats in Horn Lake

HORN LAKE — City crews in Horn Lake are at work this week trying to reduce flood threats in the city. The Commercial Appeal reported public works employees are clearing ditches that are a major cause of flooding threatening homes and businesses during times of heavy rain. Public works director Spencer “Penny” Shields says the […] [...]

Corps closing floodgate as rivers rise

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi floodgate is closing again because water levels are rising on the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is closing the Steele Bayou floodgate north of Vicksburg after opening it May 29. Corps officials expect the gate to stay closed two to three weeks, if no rain […] [...]

Bill amendment aimed at giving state say in La. levee project

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Senate has accepted an amendment authored by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) aimed at giving Mississippi a role in a proposed levee project that could result in new flood threats to the Mississippi Gulf Coast if not carefully studied with input from affected parties. The Cochran amendment was incorporated into […] [...]

County opposes levee construction plan in Louisiana

HANCOCK COUNTY — Mississippi officials are asking the federal government to thoroughly study the potential effects of any proposed new levee construction in southeast Louisiana. Officials in Hancock County said they oppose a suggested 24-foot barrier levee that will close or partially close Lake Pontchartrain and protect St. Tammany Parish. “This is way bigger than […] [...]

More officials voice concern over Corps’ plan for reservoir

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri are joining the chorus expressing concern over the Army Corps of Engineers plan to reduce flow from an Missouri River reservoir, potentially affecting shipping on the Mississippi River. The Corps has said that around Nov. 23 it will reduce the flow at […] [...]

Corps to reduce flow from reservoir; could worsen low-water problem

MISSOURI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce the flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir despite concerns that it will worsen low-water problems on the Mississippi River, officials told The Associated Press yesterday. The Corps expects to cut the flow from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota […] [...]

Officials plead for more water in river; Corps hiring more workers

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are imploring the federal government to keep water flowing on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers or face potential “economic disaster.” The nearly year-long drought has left many waterways at historic lows. Nixon sent a letter urging the Army Corps of Engineers to rethink plans […] [...]

Corps beginning work on levee-raising project

ISSAQUENA COUNTY — Work to raise 4.7 miles of the Mississippi River levee in Issaquena County is beginning and should take a year to complete, the Army Corps of Engineers says. Raising the levee southwest of Onward requires asphalt to be removed from Highway 465 where part of the levee crests, the corps tells The […] [...]

Corps awards levee contract to Bickerstaff Brothers

BATESVILLE — The Vicksburg District of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the contract for levee improvements in East Carroll and Concordia Parishes, La. The contract was awarded to Bickerstaff Brothers Inc. of Batesville in the amount of $464,000 and consists of furnishing all plant, labor, materials and equipment for the construction. […] [...]

Tri-County Contractors wins flood control project

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, recently awarded phase two of the Steele Bayou Channel Relocation to Tri-County Contractors Inc. of Jackson. The work is part of the flood control efforts in the Yazoo River Basin and will consist of constructing the Steele Bayou channel relocation in the Yazoo National […] [...]

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