Corps of Engineers Gears Up for Flooding on Mississippi

MEMPHIS, TN (KAIT) - The Memphis District of the Army's Corps of Engineers today iniated a Phase I "floodfight" due to high stages on the Mississippi River, with higher stages forecast.  The area of flooding is located in the northern portion of the Memphis district, along the Arkansas-Missouri state line.

Phase I floodfight activities begin when the river gage at Cairo, Illinois, approaches approximately 49 feet or the Cape Girardeau, MO gage reaches 38 feet.  The river stage at Cairo was at 45.1 feet at 7 p.m. last night, with a crest of 55 feet expected on Tuesday.

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