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Corps of Engineers ends Phase II floodfight – continues to monitor high water

Published June 26, 2015
The Memphis District covers a 25,000 square mile area of the Mississippi River. We serve customers in portions of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky. Our customers also include 100 flood control districts, water resource and wildlife agencies from six states, four Port Commissions, the Lower Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association as well as eight Congressional Districts and 12 Senators.

The Memphis District covers a 25,000 square mile area of the Mississippi River. We serve customers in portions of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky. Our customers also include 100 flood control districts, water resource and wildlife agencies from six states, four Port Commissions, the Lower Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association as well as eight Congressional Districts and 12 Senators.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 26, 2015 – The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) ended its Phase II floodfight yesterday afternoon as a result of steadily falling river stages on the Upper Mississippi River. Areas in the northern portion of the Memphis District in the Charleston (Missouri) and Cairo (Illinois) Sectors remain in a Phase I floodfight. Officials in the Memphis District expect to complete Phase I floodfighting around Wednesday of next week.
The eight USACE employees previously deployed to the field to conduct 6 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily patrols are returning to their normal duty locations in Memphis and Caruthersville, Mo.
For the duration of Phase I floodfight activities, two USACE personnel will continue to monitor all federal flood control works including levees, flood walls and pumping stations in the area. USACE emergency management personnel will also monitor rainfall amounts in the affected areas, and work with the National Weather Service to check for any changes in the situation. Although some additional rainfall in the upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins is forecast for the next few days, at this time it is not expected to cause more high water problems within the Memphis District boundaries. 

 USACE engineers will now work to assess the effectiveness of new flood risk reduction measures such as relief wells and slurry trenches that were installed following the floods of 2011. 
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Contact
Jim Pogue
901-544-4109
james.t.pogue@usace.army.mil

Release no. 15-009