Corps of Engineers lowers floodfight level

MEMPHIS, TN (KFVS) - The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has lowered the floodfight activation level to a Phase I in Cairo, Ill., the Missouri Bootheel, and Reelfoot-Obion, Tenn. as the flood threat decreases.

At the Phase I floodfight activation level, Corps of Engineers personnel will remain deployed in the field and monitor all federal flood control works including levees, flood walls, and pumping stations.

Field offices established in Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville, Mo., and Dyersburg, Tenn. will be closed.

The Corps of Engineers initially activated a Phase I floodfight in the northern areas of the Memphis District on March 8, and elevated the alert level to a Phase II on March 14.

The Corps of Engineers will continue to monitor river levels throughout the Spring and will respond as necessary should river levels rise above Corps activation stages.

The Corps' Division Headquarters in Vicksburg, Miss. coordinates all floodfight activities in the Mississippi Valley. The Corps' Emergency Operations Center in Memphis is directing these flood activities in conjunction with the affected states, levee districts and other local interest groups.

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