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Corps of Engineers working to ensure safety of levees

Published May 5, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 5, 2011 – The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
continues to monitor flooding on the Lower Mississippi River and is coordinating their floodfighting operations with all stakeholders to ensure the integrity of the Mississippi River and Tributaries project.

“Our number one priority remains the protection of life and property,” Col. Vernie Reichling, the
Corps’ Memphis District commander said.

As part of this effort, field crews are monitoring levees and other flood works around the clock to
ensure their stability and proper operation. This monitoring includes observing the levees for any sign of change, such as water seeping through or under the levee, swelling or scouring.

The Corps Emergency Operations Center in Memphis offers the following tips for citizens:

  • Contact your local state 511 highway information service for road closures and answers to
    transportation related questions;
  • Check with your local government officials on any evacuation notices; and
  • Monitor river gages and predictions by going to the National Weather Service’s website at

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