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.
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.
Drainage issues are important to the residents near Belhaven and Eubanks creeks in Jackson. They are hoping for a permanent solution after another flash flood hit their communities.
Can’t turtles and fish co-exist with One Lake? The threat of losing some of their habitat is being used to endanger the One Lake Project. Seems like a good idea to put the possible loss of some habitat in perspective with the $500 million loss from the 1979 Easter Flood (a billion today). And let elected officials, concerned citizens, planners and engineers protect Jackson. It’s still endangered.
Bureaucrats default to the 1928 Mississippi River and Tributaries Project flood control plan even though it causes record floods. They ignore the bottlenecks, declare 900,000 acres flooded inside the levees a non-event, default to dredging and raising levees — and hope no Black Swan (a rare event with extreme consequences) happens on their watch.
The Titanic ran into an iceberg. And sank. The US Army Corps of Engineers has run into a “Mudberg.” And its reputation is sinking. Mudberg is a thirty-foot-high mound of sediments in the Mississippi River above Baton Rouge that restricts its flow. It slows the discharge to the Gulf of what were beneficial short, spring rises on the river. And makes them long, destructive floods.