Posts Tagged ‘levees’

Senate approves 60-day extension of federal flood insurance program

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) issued the following statement following Senate approval of a 60-day extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in conjunction with an agreement to begin debate on a long-term reauthorization measure in June: “I am pleased an agreement has been reached that will allow a short extension of the […] [...]

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 […] [...]

High water has Corps closely monitoring levees

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 […] [...]

Panel to hear levee board’s appeal of Yazoo Pumps ruling

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board is asking a federal appeals court to revive a $220 million flood control project that the Environmental Protection Agency vetoed in 2008, claiming it would harm wetlands and wildlife. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments […] [...]

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

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, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

FEMA seeking comments on ‘levee-inclusive’ method

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), are encouraging community leaders, engineers and people in flood-prone areas to assess and then comment on a new “levee-inclusive” risk assessment process that will replace the “without levee” method criticized by the lawmakers earlier this year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a […] [...]

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, […] [...]

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