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County Commission wants gate operation to remain the same

scottw@standard-democrat.com

CHARLESTON -- The Mississippi County Commission doesn't support a drainage district's efforts to get control of some flood gates but agrees a pumping station there should be a higher priority for the Corps.

Commissioners said during their regular meeting Thursday that the county received a letter from the St. John Levee and Drainage District advising the district opposes transferring control of the flood gates at New Madrid to St. John's Bayou Basin Drainage District.

The letter, which was published on Page 4 in Thursday's edition of the Standard Democrat, states among the board's reasons for opposing the change is that the Bayou Basin drainage district does not have the personnel to operate and maintain the gates.

The levee district, however, has "a working crew of men," Commissioner Steve Jones said.

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