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Corps gears up for predicted flooding

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

MEMPHIS -- The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, initiated a Phase I floodfight at 10 a.m. on March 7 due to high Mississippi and Ohio River stages with increasing levels forecasted.

The lands affected by the current high water are located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers at Cairo, Ill., and southward to the New Madrid, Mo., area.

Phase I floodfight activities begin when the Mississippi River gage at Cairo, Ill., reaches 49.0 feet. The river stage at Cairo reached 49.0 feet at 10 a.m. on March 7, with a forecasted crest of 50.6 feet expected on Friday, March 1. Forecasters believe the river will remain near or above 49 feet for several days to a week or more depending upon additional rainfall.

During Phase I floodfight activities, Corps of Engineers personnel deploy to the field and monitor all federal flood control works including levees, flood walls and pumping stations.

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