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Corps: Slow fall of floodwaters good news, bad news

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports water levels for the Mississippi River at Vicksburg are expected to fall slowly following the river’s May 19 crest at 57.1 feet. Though the slower fall is not ideal for property owners who have been affected by 2011’s record flood, a less rapid decline is easier on the currently saturated ...

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Levee Board suing EPA over Yazoo Pump

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 board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners. ...

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Corps already at work strengthening levee system

ISSAQUENA COUNTY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District (Corps) is working to strengthen a section of the main line Mississippi River levee system at Buck Chute near Eagle Lake. A sand boil is when water seepage move materials under or through the levee during high water stages. The work consists of clearing existing vegetation and constructing an ...

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JSU team researching levee-strengthening techniques

JACKSON — Thanks to a major research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, researchers at Jackson State University are developing innovative techniques for levee strengthening during hurricanes. In a $450,000 project titled “High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mat Strengthened Levee under Combined Wave and Storm Surge Turbulent Overtopping Conditions,” the JSU researchers with expertise in natural hazards engineering ...

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Corps certifies Pearl River levees

JACKSON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Pearl River levees in Hinds and Rankin counties meet the requirements for certification for the 100-year flood. Corps officials say certification for the east and west banks will remain valid for a period not to exceed 10 years. The corps recently completed a six-month evaluation of the levees. Corps officials ...

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