Mississippi River Flooding

We think the Corps should operate the ORCC to increase the discharge as the river rises — and that Congress should authorize this. Now. This would lower flood crests, make floods shorter, and reduce the risk of levee failure — and a course change. It would also reduce batture and backwater flooding and the resulting economic and environmental damage on some 1.5 million acres in Mississippi and Louisiana. Time to change the flood control plan – before it’s too late.

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Deja Vu All Over Again

Deja Vu All Over Again

On January 15, 2016, the Mississippi River at Vicksburg reached 50 feet — 7 feet above flood stage.  It was the highest January crest since 1879 when Congress put the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) in charge of flood control.  A freak January flood.  It caused the Mississippi...

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Why Does It Flood Part 2

Why Does It Flood When Levees Don’t Break? And Other Questions. Part 2

BPF’s Q&A two part series on MS River Flooding

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TWR - BPF Article Jan 2019

BPF Article Featured in The Woodville Republican – January 2019

BPF was featured in the Woodville Republican with a full page dedicated to Kelley Williams’ article on MS River Flooding.

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Why Does It Flood

Why Does It Flood When Levees Don’t Break? And Other Questions. Part 1

BPF’s Q&A two part series on MS River Flooding

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Congressional Record ORCC

Congressional Record on Old River Control Structure

A report on the structure and operations plan for the Old River Control Structure authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1954 is to be submitted with opportunity for public input and stakeholder engagement, including public meetings.

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Flood Control and Insanity

Flood Control and Insanity

The Mississippi River is usually low in the fall.  But it reached 42 feet at Natchez this month and flooded unharvested crops.  It has risen steadily since the 1950’s when the highest fall crest was 28 feet.

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