It’s been 90 years since the enactment of the Flood Control Act of 1928. Despite almost a century of flood control projects, the Mighty Mississippi continues to pose threats to citizens along its’ banks.
As waters rise in the Mississippi and Yazoo river basins, levee board commissioners met with Senator Roger Wicker in D.C. to see what can be done to mitigate potential damage.
Wicker promised support for additional flood control infrastructure in the state.
Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers reports flooding along the Mississippi River in Natchez, Vicksburg, and Greenville, and along the Yazoo River in Marks.
The Vicksburg District of the Army Corps activated flood teams in response to rising waters. The Corps is also monitoring dams, placing sandbags, and providing flood-fighting equipment to affected areas. The floodwaters are expected to crest in mid-March, leaving many river access roads and low-lying areas near the river underwater.
Commissioners say recent investments in flood control infrastructure have helped to reduce the expected impact.
Wicker and the commissioners discussed funding needs for several projects that are part of the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) project, which includes support for levees and floodwalls, channel improvement and stabilization, tributary basin improvements, and floodways management. Wicker committed to helping the levee boards secure much-needed funding to complete the MR&T projects and support maintenance of existing flood control infrastructure.
Commissioners say they believe these projects prevented more than $1-trillion in flood damages since 1928.