Corps of Engineers to Raise Floodfight Response to Phase II along Mississippi River

JANUARY 17, 2005 - Posted at 1:39 p.m. CST

MEMPHIS, TN - Prompted by again-rising Mississippi and Ohio river levels, the Memphis district of the Army's Corps of Engineers has re-initiated Phase II floodfighting activities.  The area of flooding is located in the northern portion of the Memphis district.

The lands affected by the current high water are located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, from Scott City, Missouri to the Arkansas-Missouri state line near Blytheville, Arkansas, and on the east bank from Cairo, Illinois.

During Phase II activities, Corps of Engineers personnel begin more intensive monitoring of flood control works including levees, floodwalls and pumping stations.  Technical and material assistance to local communities and flood control organizations is also made available to aid them in their floodfighting efforts.

The Corps has also established field offices in Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville, Missouri, and Dyersburg, Tennessee, each staffed by approximately nine emergency workers.