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Delta Council: Anguish of 2011 flood abates with new planting season

CLEVELAND — Mississippi Delta farmers took a hit estimated as high as $80 million in last spring’s flooding. But as is the custom in the Delta, despair must give way to renewed optimism with the arrival of the spring planting season. The financial consequences of the Mississippi River flooding last spring that submerged 200 square miles of the Delta for ...

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County to spend $5.1 million for levee at KiOR site

ADAMS COUNTY — Adams County will spend $5.1 million to put up a levee at the industrial site where a biofuels company intends to locate. Biofuels company KiOR said Monday it would locate its second Mississippi production facility in Natchez, a move that will create 300 jobs. The facility will be built on a 120-acre tract of land comprised of ...

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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 the Mississippi River with more ...

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Taxes raised to recoup levee funding following flood

WARREN COUNTY — Taxes are going up for some property owners along the mainline Mississippi River levee in northwest Warren County. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners wants to recoup about $400,000 spent from a $2-million reserve fund during the recent flooding. The increase will translate into an extra $2.40 on a tax bill for a property valued at $100,000. ...

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Corps: Post-flood levee repairs could reach $1B

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The cost of repairing Mississippi River levees that were damaged by this year’s historic flooding could reach $1 billion, but it’s not clear how much funding will be available, a high ranking U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said yesterday. Col. Thatch Shepard, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi River Division, told The ...

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Getting off the bottom

As the historic crest of the Mississippi River rolled past the Delta last month, the catfish industry started breathing a little easier. If the Yazoo Backwater Levee had failed, practically the entire catfish industry in Mississippi would have been underwater, and after a decade of struggles, could have meant the industry’s death. Even if the levee held, some forecasted nearly ...

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Commissioners release update on lifting levee closure

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Levee Board says the Mississippi River mainline levee will remain closed until the flooding Mississippi River falls to 48 feet. That will bar riverside property owners in the Greenville area from returning to their homes and businesses and keep the city’s two downtown casinos closed. However, riverside property owners should be able to at least get ...

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Levee holding, but Port City still reporting issues

GREENVILLE — The City of Greenville is reporting a number of issues related to the historic rise of the Mississippi River. Officials are dealing with such issues as displaced wildlife in the city limits and the concern of the impact of the floodwaters on the water and sewer systems. The Mississippi River is now expected to crest at 65 feet ...

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Water over-topping old levee, main levee holding

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The anticipated overtopping of an abandoned, privately owned section of levee occurred May 7, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports. This overtopping occurred on a section of levee in front of the mainline levee approximately seven miles east of Eudora, Ark. This privately owned levee is located at the north end of Grand Lake, east of ...

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Disaster declaration extended, storm aid coming

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour announced residents and business owners in four additional counties can access federal emergency assistance programs after President Obama approved and expanded Mississippi’s federal disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that affected the state. The additional counties are Chickasaw, Choctaw, Neshoba and Webster. These four counties will receive FEMA Individual Assistance, which provides ...

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