Army Corp of Engineers keeps close eye on rivers

NEW MADRID, MO (KFVS) - Local members of the Army Corp of Engineers are gearing up for predicted flooding on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

The biggest concern are areas located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers at Cairo and south to the New Madrid area.

Crews are in Phase 1 mode which means they are carefully watching all levees, flood walls, and pumping stations.

"Normally at Phase 1 you don't have that many problems, but we're monitoring the levees," said Mark Broughton with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "See if problems are there, sloping, failure on sides, in case you go into Phase 2."

Phase 2 would involved a lot more monitoring, sand bagging, etc.  They are not close to that yet.

Some flooding in fields in New Madrid has begun.

While the Mississippi River is up, levels are dropping in some places.

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