Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi River’

Cashing in on drought

The rains of early June and in the days that followed the Fourth of July appear to have ensured a highly prosperous year for Mississippi’s corn and soybean growers. August rains have helped, as well, said John Michael Riley, an agriculture economist with Mississippi State University. That the rains came as drought stunted or killed […] [...]

Tunica on track after 2011 flood, seeing major increases in activity

After the massive flooding of the Mississippi River in 2011, Tunica took a big hit in tourism, conventions and meeting activity. Even after the flooding was over and everything reopened, things were still slower than normal. “The national media said Tunica attractions were closed because of the flood,” said Bill Canter, director of marketing and […] [...]

American Queen to dock in Vicksburg

VICKSBURG — For the first time in three years, the sounds of an authentic Mississippi River steamboat calliope will be heard when the American Queen docks at City Front in Vicksburg. The Queen was to arrive at 8 a.m. Tuesday and dock until 4 p.m. on its maiden journey since being acquired last year by […] [...]

Vicksburg’s old river bridge most-struck on Mississippi River

Since March 2011, the old Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg has been struck by barge traffic on the Mississippi River five times. That many impacts explain why the bridge is the most-impacted on the Mississippi River, according to figures from the U.S. Coast Guard. Since the 1970s, when statistics started being kept, the bridge has […] [...]

NOAA’s spring flood forecast is welcome news for everyone

It was this time last year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its spring flood forecast for the Mississippi River Basin that used words like “historic” and “catastrophic.” It proved to be a prophecy, as a 100-year flood deluged areas near the Mississippi River and its backwater tributaries. Mississippi was among the hardest […] [...]

Panel sides with EPA over Yazoo Pump; board mulls another appeal

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court panel sided yesterday with the Environmental Protection Agency over its 2008 veto of a $220 million flood control project near the Yazoo River in the south Mississippi Delta. >> RELATED: EPA admits it has no experts on Yazoo Pump Project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners sued the […] [...]

Corps takes stock of needed flood-protection repairs

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin notifying communities along the Mississippi River this month whether damage from last year’s historic flood poses a further threat should the river reach flood levels again this year. The corps has been doing assessments in recent months of damages to levees, structures and navigation channels, said […] [...]

Crop insurance rates skyrocket after summer floods

Midwestern farmers who saw their land swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and next spring’s rains. The Missouri River rose to record levels this year after the U.S. Army Corps of […] [...]

State casino revenue drops $6 million in September

September was a down month at Coast casinos. The year started with slow but steady growth. Revenue increased in five of the first seven months, and despite slipping in August and September, remains $5.8 million ahead of last year’s pace. August’s $10 million drop in gross casino revenue was followed by a $6 million decrease […] [...]

Post-flood levee repair, and its funding, is getting lots of attention

Another phase of the recovery from the historic spring flood has started – the race to repair and rebuild the levee system that was strained by the high water, and the political process to pay for it. Relentless spring rainfall in the Lower Mississippi Valley combined with annual snow melt in the upper Midwest filled […] [...]

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