Posts Tagged ‘floods’

Corps gets additional funding for flood control repairs

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently received an additional $140 million in funding from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. These funds will be used toward 81 Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries (MR&T) projects affected by the historic 2011 flood. The District developed a list of projects that will benefit from […] [...]

House passes bill to enforce federal floodplains codes

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has approved a bill to allow local governments to enforce federal floodplains codes at hunting and fishing camps and remain in the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill would remove the hunting- and-fishing-camp exemption from floodplains regulations. The bill was held for the possibility of more House debate. Similar bills […] [...]

State looking for disaster declaration for shrimping industry

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The state will ask the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue a fisheries disaster declaration for Mississippi’s shrimp industry. Dale Diaz, director of marine fisheries for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, tells the Mississippi Press the request would be filed within a week. The declaration is the first step in […] [...]

High water has Corps closely monitoring levees

by Associated Press Published: February 10,2012

Tags: federal government, flood control, flooding, floods, levees, rain, river, severe weather, Weather

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers says it’s keeping an eye on Mississippi River levees because the river is high. The twice-weekly checks are a precaution because the water is expected to remain high for a while. The Corps said yesterday patrols began this week for levees along the east bank of the […] [...]

Judicial panel does not rule on Yazoo Pump controversy

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board asked a federal appeals court yesterday to revive a $220 million Yazoo River flood control project that was vetoed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 over concerns that it would harm wetlands and wildlife. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New […] [...]

City targets more blighted buildings for demolition

BILOXI — Blighted buildings are coming down in Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports the city council approved inspections yesterday of six more blighted buildings, including the White House Hotel. Jerry Creel, community development director, says his department wants the owners of the White House to remove the steel beams on the west side of the […] [...]

Corps of Engineers in race with river to identify 2011 flood damage

by MBJ Staff Published: January 29,2012

Tags: damage, federal government, flood control, flooding, floods, levees, reservoirs, river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, is identifying and developing communication strategies for the elevated threat in the Mississippi River’s flood risk reduction system brought about by 2011 flood damages. A USACE regional flood preparedness team is currently building on Mississippi River damage assessment information, which includes levees, reservoirs, […] [...]

USDA allocates emergency funding in wake of natural disasters

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi landowners and communities will have access to more than $5.46 million in emergency funding to restore land and property damaged in floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its allocation of $308 million in federal emergency funding approved by Congress last November as part […] [...]

Supervisors close on more flood-prone homes

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County supervisors have approved a payment of $500,949 to Island Winds Title Co. to close on seven homes. The Mississippi Press reports the action brings the county closer finishing its role in a federal buyout program meant to help give relief to residents in repeatedly flooded homes. Planning director Michele Coats […] [...]

Corps in race with river to repair flood damage

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — After the monumental flood of 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division reports it has inspected and completed damage assessments reports for all levees, channel improvements, navigation channels and structures associated with the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T). From the damage assessments, a prioritized list of critical repairs was […] [...]

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