MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 31, 2020 – The Memphis District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is activating a Phase I flood fight on the White River in the Arkansas and Missouri-state areas due to high river stages.
During Phase I floodfight activities, USACE personnel deploy to the field and monitor all federal flood control works including levees, flood walls and pumping stations. They also monitor rainfall amounts in the affected areas and National Weather Service forecasts to determine if further action is warranted.
The tributaries of the White River include the Cache River, Bayou des Arc, Little Red River, Black River, North Fork River, Crooked Creek, Buffalo River, Kings River, James River, and Roaring River. Some cities that lie on the White River are Newport, Augusta, Calico Rock, and Batesville, all in Arkansas, as well as Branson and Hollister in Missouri.
The Mississippi Valley Division headquarters in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is coordinating all floodfight activities in the Mississippi Valley. The USACE Emergency Operations Center in Memphis is directing all floodfight activities in its boundary in partnership with the affected states, levee districts, and other local interest groups.
Release no. 20-031