MEMPHIS, TN (KFVS) - The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated Phase II flood fighting on Monday, June 22 due to the river continuing to rise on the upper Mississippi River.
The area of current or possible flooding is located in the northern portion of the Memphis District in Charleston, Mo. and Cairo, Ill. sectors. The lands likely to be affected by the forecasted high water are located in and around the communities of Cape Girardeau, Scott City, Chaffee and Commerce, Mo.
According to the Army Corps, flood fight personnel will also be active in the community of Cairo, Ill. due to the high water on the Mississippi River. The Ohio River is currently below flood fight activation stages, but is above flood stage.
Eight USACE employees are in the field conducting patrols each day from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Corps said they are checking the conditions of levees and looking for problems like water seepage under levees.
They say three more employees have also been designated to help at the USACE Emergency Operations Center at the District Headquarters office in Memphis.
During a Phase II activation, USACE personnel begin more intensive monitoring of flood risk reduction works. They also make technical and material help available to the communities and flood control organizations to help with the efforts.
Since the flood of 2011, USACE has helped make improvements to existing flood risk reduction practices in the affected areas. These include building slurry trenches and relief wells along some levees in and near Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Cairo, Ill.