USACE Vicksburg District closes Steele Bayou Control Structure

USACE Vicksburg District
Published March 7, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District closed the gates of the Steele Bayou Control Structure, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, March 4.

Rising stages on the Mississippi River have created conditions that require the Steele Bayou Control Structure’s gates to be closed. The 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.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecasted an average of 1-2 inches of rainfall over the Lower Mississippi River Valley over the next seven days. The gates of the structure are expected to remain closed for the next 7-10 days, depending on future rainfall. The interior stage of the Yazoo Backwater Area is forecasted to crest between 87.5-88 feet March 12, and the Mississippi River is expected to crest at Vicksburg, Mississippi, at 40.3 feet March 10.

NWS forecast of the Mississippi River stage at Vicksburg can be found at this link:

District personnel and their local partners will continue to monitor the conditions of flood control works, including levees, flood walls and pumping stations across the entirety of the district’s jurisdiction.

The public is encouraged to contact local authorities and management officials for updates about conditions in their area and should avoid activities on or near flood control works.

The Vicksburg District is engineering solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. The district encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana that holds nine major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline Mississippi River levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.

Mary Miller Ratcliff

Release no. 22-009