Corps of Engineers ends Phase I floodfight

Corps of Engineers ends Phase I floodfight

(KFVS) - The Memphis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ended the Phase I floodfight in the Cairo, Reelfoot-Obion and Missouri areas after high river stages.

As of Tuesday morning on Jan. 21, gages are below Phase I floodfight activation levels.

The Cairo gage dropped below 49 feet. Corps officials saidthe National Weather Service (NWS) long range forecast indicates levels at Cairo will continue to fall.

Forecasts called for the Mississippi River to crest at 50 feet on the Cairo gage around January 18-19.

They also expected to begin a Phase I floodfight on the White River in Arkansas near the communities of Georgetown and Des Arc later in the week or over the weekend.

NWS forecasters said the White River fell below 22 feet and they expect it to remain between 21 and 22 feet through the end of the forecast period.

During its Phase I floodfight, USACE personnel deployed to the field and monitored all federal flood control works including levees, flood walls and pumping stations. They also monitored rainfall amounts in the affected areas and National Weather forecasts to determine if further action is warranted.

Seven employees from the Memphis District’s Caruthersville Area Office were assigned to Phase I floodfight duties.

In addition to floodfight activities, the Memphis District provides material assistance to communities and flood control organizations to help them. These may include portable pumps to remove water from flooded areas, plastic sheeting to cover levees and help minimize levee slides and erosion, sandbags and other items.

They strongly encourage residents to stay in touch with their local authorities and emergency management officials for updates on conditions in their areas.

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