The Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has activated its flood-fighting emergency management operations for the Rock Island, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts to manage rising water levels on the Mississippi River and several tributaries, with the highest Mississippi River levels since the flood of 2011.
The St. Louis District is battling flooding along the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois rivers with forecasts to go higher over the course of this week. The St. Louis District team is coordinating with the states of Missouri and Illinois to reduce risks to impacted areas, with a focus on levees that are currently overtopping or forecast to overtop by Jan. 1. The near-record flood levels have already inundated agricultural areas and are causing evacuations of small towns and cities.
The Corps’ division headquarters in Vicksburg, Miss., coordinates flood-fighting activities in the Mississippi Valley. The division’s emergency operations centers in each of the impacted districts direct flood-fighting activities in conjunction with the affected states, levee districts and other local interest groups.
The federal flood protection infrastructure in the Mississippi Valley protects homes, lives and cropland. The overall flood control system, also known as the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, prevented more than $230 billion in flood damages during the flood of 2011, and over its history $639 billion.