CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Mississippi River Commission held a public meeting Monday in Cape Girardeau to talk about the national and regional issues affecting the United States with the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
This meeting is to maintain a dialogue and to exchange ideas between the public and the Corps.
Corps officials discussed how vital the Mississippi River is to this country. The flood of 2011 affected 21,000 people, caused damage valued at $2.8 billion and 1.5 million residential and commercial structures are projected to have been impacted had the Mississippi River and Tributaries System not been in place. The Corps says devastation was close, but the system worked as designed.
In 2012, the Corps of Engineers faced another major disaster fighting the drought. With money saved that was reserved for dredging in 2011, they were able to use that in 2012 when extra efforts were needed in dredging along the Mississippi River to avoid shutting down of the river.
Testimonies were heard from many people including Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger, Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman, and others from along the Mississippi River from several states.
The Corps has scheduled high-water inspection trips from Cape Girardeau to Cairo on Monday and more down the river for the next several days.
The Mississippi River Commission was established in 1879 and is made up of seven members nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate.