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Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks.The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its 2019 spring outlook. Experts plan a briefing on their flood forecast at the National Water Center ...

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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a representative ...

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Mississippi communities not eligible for federal flood aid

As thousands of south Louisiana flood victims apply for disaster assistance, residents of two Mississippi communities have been told they are not eligible for assistance. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokes tells The Natchez Democrat the damage in Crosby and Centreville wasn’t enough to meet the criteria for a federal declaration of disaster. Crosby Mayor William Hall said he is disappointed ...

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January river flooding has impacts on state

GREENVILLE — Mississippi River flooding in January set all-time records, but dropping water levels may mean the river will have enough capacity to accept typical spring rains without triggering atypical flooding. Peter Nimrod, chief engineer with the Mississippi Levee Board in Greenville, said the Greenville January gauge reading of 56.2 feet set a record. The normal depth for that month is about ...

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PEYTON SMITH — Flood insurance basics

Most people assume when they purchase homeowner’s insurance that flood insurance is included in their policy. It is very important to read your policy and find out whether or not there is flood exclusion because a typical homeowner’s policy does not include flood insurance. Since flood insurance is federally regulated, there are myths and misconceptions with the general public. One ...

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Corps: River closing has barges running nearly a half-day behind

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says delays of barge traffic have run about 10 hours since the Corps began closing a three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from dawn to dusk to reinforce a section of river bank between Memphis, Tennessee and Greenville. The Corps said backups of barge traffic that occurred during the first days ...

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Corps' closing of river could impact grain exports

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Closing the Mississippi River to reinforce part of the bank at the height of a record harvest season could do serious damage to grain exports, says the Waterways Council Inc., a trade group for barge shipping. The Army Corps of Engineers is closing a three-mile stretch between Memphis and Greenville during the day to reinforce a washed-out ...

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Cochran calls on EPA for review of Yazoo Backwater Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking for an independent peer review of the decision that halted completion of the Yazoo Backwater Project, a flood control project for the lower Mississippi Delta. Cochran requested approval for an independent peer review from Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a lack of response from EPA ...

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SBA approves Bryant's request for assistance to DeSoto County after flood

DESOTO COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for disaster assistance in DeSoto County. Residents, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred on Sept. 11 are eligible to apply for low-interest loans for recovery. The declaration covers DeSoto County and the adjacent counties of Marshall, Tate and Tunica. ...

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MEMA gives update on flood recovery efforts in DeSoto County

DESOTO COUNTY — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with local officials and residents in DeSoto County to assist those affected by last Thursday‘s flooding. At Gov. Phil Bryant’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration had damage assessment teams in the county yesterday. The assessments will determine if assistance will be available from the SBA in the form of ...

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