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Corps of Engineers ends Phase II, continues to monitor high water

Flooding in Cairo, IL when Phase II was initiated. (Source: William Gusentine, cNews) Flooding in Cairo, IL when Phase II was initiated. (Source: William Gusentine, cNews)
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District, ended its Phase II flood fight on Thursday afternoon, June 25 as a result of steadily falling river stages on the upper Mississippi River.

They say areas in the northern part of the Memphis District, in Charleston, Mo. and Cairo, Ill., sectors remain in Phase I flood fight. Officials in the Memphis District expect to finish Phase I around Wednesday, July 1.

The eight USACE employees previously deployed to the field to conduct 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily patrols are returning to their normal duty locations in Memphis and Caruthersville, Mo.

While still in Phase I, two USACE personnel will continue to monitor all federal flood control works including levees, flood walls and pumping stations in the area. They will also monitor rainfall amounts in the affected areas, and work with the National Weather Service to check for any changes in the situation.

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 after the floods of 2011.

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