Posts Tagged ‘flood control’

Controversial Yazoo Pumps back in the courtroom

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A federal appeals court has scheduled arguments for Feb. 9 in New Orleans on efforts by a Mississippi levee board to revive a long-debated federal pump project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners appealed a Mississippi federal judge’s dismissal of its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A three-judge panel of […] [...]

Corps gives notice to proceed on Delta project

by Published: October 14,2011

Tags: engineers, flood control, flooding, floods, river, sediment

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District has given a notice to proceed with work on the Big Sunflower, Steele Bayou Sediment Reduction Structures project. The contract designation, W912EE-11-C-0008, in the amount of $878,577, was awarded to RAF Contracting Inc. of Columbus. This Corps project reduces sediment loads, which naturally deposit […] [...]

Corps of Engineers to reinforce part of levee system

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spend $3.1 million to reinforce parts of the mainline Mississippi River levee at Lake Albemarle and Buck Chute. The Vicksburg Post reports that both were places the Corps and state levee officials scrambled to patch sand boils and stop sliding during the Mississippi River flood […] [...]

Corps may have to work on levees with no appropriation

WEST MISSISSIPPI — An engineer says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may have to undertake work on the Mississippi River Levee system with no supplemental appropriation from Congress. The Vicksburg Post reports that Lt. Col. Greg Raimondo, a corps engineer, told a civic club in Vicksburg that for fiscal 2012, the Corps expects about […] [...]

Flood gates close, but levee debate heats up

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Steele Bayou Flood Control Structure has been re-opened. The Steele Bayou structure is located north of Vicksburg and was built in 1969 to provide backwater protection from the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers. The gates were closed on 25 April in anticipation of the historic flood water levels of 2011. These gates, […] [...]

Cochran questions canceling of Yazoo Backwater Project

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said he is confident that the State of Mississippi, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies are doing all they can to prepare Mississippians for widespread flooding this week. Cochran, who serves on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Army Corps of […] [...]

Levee Board suing EPA over Yazoo Pump

by Published: May 2,2011

Tags: courts, environment, flood control, flooding, lawsuit, levees

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Officials charged with protecting the lower Mississippi Delta from devastating floods have filed a court appeal in support of completion of the Yazoo Backwater Project, a flood-control project that has been derailed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The appeal was filed with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by the […] [...]

Corps holding meeting at Eagle Lake about levee work

by Published: April 29,2011

Tags: engineering, flood control, flooding, floods, levee

EAGLE LAKE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, participated in an informational meeting sponsored by Warren County this morning at the Eagle Lake Fire Station building at Eagle Lake just north of Vicksburg. The focus of the meeting was the flooding Mississippi River. All residents and landowners of the Eagle Lake Community […] [...]

Levee board loses Yazoo Pump decision, may appeal

by Published: March 30,2011

Tags: agriculture, courts, environment, flood control

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board that wants to move forward with a $220-million flood control project has lost a bid in federal court to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 veto of the project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners sued the EPA in Aug. 2009 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Court […] [...]

Judge rules contractor liable for levee work

by Published: September 16,2010

Tags: construction, courts, flood control, floods, hurricanes, Weather

NEW ORLEANS — A government contractor isn’t immune from claims that it performed shoddy work that resulted in the failure of a New Orleans levee system during Hurricane Katrina, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revives claims against Washington Group International Inc. over Industrial Canal […] [...]

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