Corps of Engineers Begins Second Phase of Mississippi River Flood Fight

 Because of the rising river levels of the Mississippi River the Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) called for a Phase II floodfight on Friday. The Phase II floodfight covers daily patrols by a dozen Memphis District employees along with intensive monitoring of levees, floodwalls and relief wells. Over the duration of the floodfight the District will also help organizations throughout the local area by providing their suggestions, sandbags as well as portable pumps and plastic sheeting. Officials say the Memphis District’s flood control system has precluded over $4.3 billion in flood damages and protected over 5 million acres of cropland in the last decade.

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