That’s the subject of a recent article in The Advocate of Baton Rouge and also a similar recent article in The Times Picayune of New Orleans. It’s also something we have been talking about and testifying about before the Mississippi River Commission for the last two years.
Its tomb was sealed over in 2012 when the Fifth Circuit upheld the District Court decision against the Mississippi Levee Board’s challenge to the EPA ruling. But a bony hand is emerging from the tomb.
Storms are random natural events. The consequences may be aggravated or mitigated by intentional acts of man.
Drainage is one of those issues that goes unnoticed until it is the only thing that matters. Mississippi faces drainage concerns on a large scale with the Mississippi River flooding and locally in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson.
I appreciate your invitation to testify again. I will testify about backwater flooding at Vicksburg. It’s bad and getting worse — as others will attest.
Elam, of course, didn’t know the Corps would restrict the flow. But he could have predicted the result. The river would back up, rise, flood the batture, and cause backwater floods on the Yazoo and other tributaries.