Army Corps of Engineers preparing for flood conditions

By Christy Millweard - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau isn't flooding yet, but the Army Corps of Engineers are in town to get ready for floods in another area.

The Memphis District of the Army Corps of Engineers declared a Phase II action. The Memphis District consists of Cairo, IL, parts of Tennessee, and parts of Southeast Missouri like New Madrid and Caruthersville.

Tom Morgan of the Memphis District, says this means the Corps mobilizes a team into the field, opposed to local authorities monitoring levee conditions. Morgan says one of the things they look for are "sand boils." This is when there is seepage under a levee causing sand to "boil" up on the other side. Morgan says this weakens the levee, and is important to catch in early stages.

Morgan says the Corps mobilizes into Phase II once the gage in Cairo hits 52 feet. Today it hit 52.6.

The team consists of 8 people and is based in Cape Girardeau.

Morgan says the team chose Cape Girardeau since they can easily access Cairo and New Madrid areas and levees.

"In the daytime we'll be out patrolling the levees, inspecting the levees, the flood walls, the pump stations, making sure everything is in good working order. We're looking for any potential problems that could come up that we could take care of before they become a big problem," said Morgan.

Morgan says they also provide supplies to local forces like sandbags to help prepare the area.

You can check water levels in your area by going to the website below. Click on your district, then select the water basin. River gage website

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