High Water in the Mississippi River **Updated**
26 Apr 11, Flood Fight Update, Memphis District, US Army Corps of Engineers (UNCLASSIFIED)
1) Weather (source: National Weather Service)
...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS WEDNESDAY ACROSS PARTS OF
EASTERN INDIANA...MUCH OF OHIO...WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA...WEST
VIRGINIA...MUCH OF KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE...NORTHEAST
GEORGIA...CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI...
The National Weather Service forecast including water on the ground and 48
hours of future rainfall, forecasts the river crest at Cairo to be 60.5' on
May 1st. Cairo crest is able to be lowered due to planned discharge
reductions at Barkley and Kentucky Reservoirs.
2) Memphis District Emergency Operations Center is operating 24 hours a day.
Phone number is 901-544-3461.
1) Cairo Area.
Last 24 Hours: Flood Fight Team began first full day of patrols and going to
24 hour coverage. Initiated activities to provide assistance to Dutchtown
(MO) with temporary levee and poly, sandbags and pumps were delivered last
night. Continued contact with local officials.
Next 24 Hours: Continue providing assistance to Dutchtown (MO) and Cairo
Items of Interest: Cairo (IL). Hwy 51 has been cleared of water and is open
to traffic--only paved road to access Cairo. 4 of 5 local pump stations are
at least partially operational. 22nd St. Pump Station not operational.
Significant sink holes reported at 11th St and Hwy 51 IVO and on Commercial
Ave. City of Cairo is considering a voluntary evacuation. Mound City (IL).
A blocked culvert is preventing stormwater from each pump station. City has
obtained pumps. Stoddard County (MO). A spoil bank was breached on the
north side of Castor River, which impacted agricultural lands. County Road
241 north of Allenville (MO) is underwater.
2) Reelfoot-Obion Area.
Last 24 Hours: Flood Fight Team continuing patrols and contact with locals.
Corps personnel attended meeting in Tiptonville (TN) on Contingency Planning
for Evacuations, hosted by Macie Roberson with Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN) in
attendance. Corps personnel attended similar meeting in Dyer County, hosted
by James Medling.
Next 24 Hours: Flood Flight Team will go to 24 hour coverage. Continue to
make contact with local officials.
Items of Interest: Hickman (KY) officials have expressed concern about leaks
in Hickman floodwall. Three pumps provided to Tiptonville (TN). Local
officials artificially crevassed the Tennemo Private Levee. Water over the
roads on the riverside of Dyer County Little Levee (DCLL) (TN) will be
overtopping along a large portion of the length when the gage at
Caruthersville, MO, exceeds 44'. Board making plans to breach levee.
3) Missouri Area.
Last 24 Hours: Flood Fight Team going to 24 hour coverage. Locals are
filling sandbags at the Caruthersville Floodwall (MO). Water is over State
Hwy WW and several county roads in the Floodway (MO). The St. John's Bayou
floodgates are closed (MO). Corps personnel attended town hall meeting with
Rep. Emerson and FEMA at East Prairie (MO)
Next 24 Hours: Continue patrols and making contact with local officials.
Items of Interest: NA
4) Memphis & West Memphis Area.
Last 24 Hours: Phase 1 activities have not been officially initiated. Wynne
Area Office (AR) is monitoring local conditions along with local officials in
the Memphis, TN & West Memphis, AR
Next 24 Hours: Continue to monitor conditions.
Items of Interest: NA
5) Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway.
Last 24 Hours: Began moving barges loaded with equipment and materials used
to operate the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway (MO) from Memphis to Missouri
this afternoon (April 26). The decision by Mississippi
River Commission President, Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, to move the barges will
allow the Memphis
District to continue with the next phase of the Floodway operation plan, if
needed. Evacuation of the Floodway recommended. The Floodway is part of a
flood risk management plan for the Lower Mississippi River designed
to minimize damage and save lives from historic flood levels and is located
on the west bank of the
Mississippi in southeast Missouri, just below the confluence of the Ohio and
Mississippi Rivers. Its
purpose is to lower flood stages and pressure on the entire system during
major flood events. The
floodway is 35 miles long and varies from 4 to 12 miles in width. Its area
comprises about 133 thousand
acres, or 205 square miles of land.
Next 24 Hours: The Mississippi River Commission will hold a Public
Information Meeting tomorrow (27 Apr 11) at the Creative School Zone, East
Prairie (MO), 319 Clay Morgan Road.