U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith asked President Trump to approve temporary pumps in the backwater areas of the delta near the Steel Bayou Basin.
The Senator says it is not uncommon for FEMA to assign the Corps of Engineers to help drain areas following major flood events.
“There is an immediate need to remove the trapped floodwaters, which can only be accomplished by pumping it from the protected side of the levee system,” wrote Hyde-Smith, who serves on Senate appropriations subcommittees with jurisdiction over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“Given the available resources and existing authorities under current law, I respectfully request that you direct FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal agencies to take swift action to install temporary pumps in the Yazoo Backwater Area of Mississippi to remove floodwaters until a long-term solution is constructed,” she wrote.
The subject of permanent pumps in the south Delta has been a controversial one for decades. Land-owners and farmers contend there is a need for permanent flood control in the area. Conservationists and environmentalists are opposed to pumps.
Almost 1,000 acres in the south Delta have been underwater for nearly four months.