US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

  • High Water Delays Work at Columbia Lock, Dam

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – Elevated water levels on the Ouachita River have delayed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s emergency repair work at Columbia Lock and Dam, located approximately seven miles upstream of Columbia, Louisiana.
  • Imminent Activation of Arkabutla Lake Dam Spillway

    VICKSBURG, Miss. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District notified local authorities and emergency management personnel April 16 that the activation of the spillway at Arkabutla Lake Dam, located 35 miles north of Marks, Mississippi, is imminent. Arkabutla is one of four lakes in Mississippi maintained and operated by the Vicksburg District. The district’s four flood control reservoirs – Enid, Grenada, Sardis and Arkabutla lakes – are used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure.
  • Vicksburg District Signs Water Storage Agreements with Central Arkansas Water, City of Hot Springs

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District hosted a signing ceremony for two water storage space agreements at DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia, Arkansas, April 3. Vicksburg District Commander Col. Michael C. Derosier, along with Central Arkansas Water (CAW) Chief Executive Officer Tad Bohannan and City of Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe signed the agreements. The agreement with CAW is for an estimated 157,014 acre-feet of storage and will supply approximately 100 million gallons a day (MGD) of water to their customers. The agreement with the City of Hot Springs is for an estimated 31,456 acre-feet and will supply approximately 20 MGD to the city.
  • DeGray Lake to Update Master Plan for Land Use Management

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s DeGray Lake Field Office is beginning the process of updating its 1973 Master Plan for land use management. The Master Plan was designed to provide guidance for the orderly development, administration, maintenance, preservation, enhancement and management of all natural, cultural and recreational resources of a USACE water resource project. The plan does not include any water management operations associated with USACE facilities, such as the dam or spillway.
  • Vicksburg District Opens Steele Bayou Control Structure

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District opened the Steele Bayou Control Structure, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, April 1. The Steele Bayou Control Structure, which was built in 1969, combined with the Mississippi River and Yazoo Backwater levees, prevents the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers from backing up and further flooding the Delta.
  • Vicksburg District Releases Notice of Availability for Leasing Agricultural Tracts at Arkabutla Lake

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District will lease agricultural tracts at Arkabutla Lake, Mississippi, to the public. These properties can be used for pasture, hay and grazed woods purposes and consist of acreage in DeSoto and Tate counties in Mississippi. The Vicksburg District will accept sealed bids for Invitation No. DACW38-9-19-23 until 2 p.m. on April 16, 2019. Bids will begin to be publicly opened at that time. Individuals interested in bidding should send their information in a sealed enveloped marked and addressed as follows: USACE, Vicksburg, Attention: Real Estate Division, 4155 Clay Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183-3435.
  • Central Arkansas Water, City of Hot Springs to Enter Water Storage Agreement at DeGray Lake

    VICKSBURG, Miss. –Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District-proposed agreements for water storage space at DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia, Arkansas, were recently approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. The agreement with Central Arkansas Water (CAW) is for an estimated 157,014 acre-feet of storage and will supply approximately 100 million gallons a day (MGD) of water to their customers. The agreement with the City of Hot Springs is for an estimated 31,456 acre-feet and will supply approximately 20 MGD to the city.
  • Corps to Host Public Meeting on Eagle Lake Flooding

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District is scheduled to host a public meeting regarding flooding at Eagle Lake, Mississippi, March 22 at 6 p.m. Central at the district’s headquarters building, located at 4155 East Clay Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 39183. District engineers will provide an overview of current and forecasted conditions in the Steele Bayou Sump and discuss the implications of these conditions on Eagle Lake. At this time, no decision has been made to fill the lake further through the Muddy Bayou Control Structure.
  • High Water Impacts Work at Columbia Lock, Dam

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – Elevated water levels on the Ouachita River are affecting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s emergency repair work at Columbia Lock and Dam, located approximately seven miles upstream of Columbia, Louisiana.
  • Update on Construction at Mississippi River Levee Near Black Hawk

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District (MVK) currently has a construction contract underway to strengthen a section of the mainline Mississippi River levee system near Black Hawk, Louisiana. The construction was planned and initiated prior to the start of the current, ongoing flood event in the region. MVK awarded a contract to Phylway Construction to install 16 relief wells near Black Hawk in December 2018. The relief wells will provide additional control measures for potential sand boils in the future. Construction at the site has temporarily ceased due to unfavorable river and weather conditions. District engineers will continue monitoring the site with the goal of advancing the construction work when conditions permit.