Update: USACE Vicksburg District reopens Steele Bayou Control Structure

USACE Vicksburg District
Published March 24, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District reopened the gates of the Steele Bayou Control Structure, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, March 22.

Rising stages on the Mississippi River created conditions that required the Steele Bayou Control Structure’s gates to be closed on March 4. 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.

NWS forecast of the Mississippi River stage at Vicksburg can be found at this link: https://go.usa.gov/xzBJp

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.

Anna Owens

Release no. 22-015