Corps of Engineers initiate Phase 2 floodfight in Cairo, Ohio River rising

Cairo, IL dealing with flooding

CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - The Memphis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have begun Phase 2 floodfight activities in Cairo, Illinois to high river stages.

The Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois is at 52 feet and rising. It’s supposed to crest early next week.

There is currently a 9 person team monitoring the river in 12 hour shifts every day.

A team of people will continue to monitor the levee until it goes down to 49 ft. Then they will reduce the team to 2 people.

During floodfight activities, Army Corps personnel deploy to the field and and monitor all federal flood control including levees, floodwalls, and pumping stations.

They also monitor rainfall amounts and provide assistance to local communities.

The assistant director of the emergency management in Alexander County says the only flooding issues right now are a few county roads that typically flood when the river rises above flood stage.

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