US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

Flooding in Central Louisiana Causes Corps 24 Hour Surveillance

Published March 11, 2016
The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

Vicksburg, Miss…Due to the higher than normal amount of rainfall in the Shreveport/Bossier City area and most of central Louisiana, the Corps’ Vicksburg District have made preparations for Phase II Flood Fighting.  Preparations have been made to increase the level of response (24 hour surveillance) for monitoring the flood, looking for overtopping, seepages, as well as slides. 

     Due to flash flooding, the Red Chute Bayou is in danger of overtopping. The Red Chute levee is a 25-year levee, 16.5 miles long and, is maintained by the Bossier Levee District. Evacuations have been ongoing in this area and some other low lying areas that are subject to flash flooding. 

     State, local, and federal agencies, including the Corps, and levee boards, are closely monitoring the conditions in the aforementioned affected areas. 

     Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries Project flood protection works in the Lower Mississippi Valley protect many thousands of homes and businesses, millions of lives, and vast tracts of fertile cropland.

 


Contact
Shirley J. Smith
601-631-5223
shirley.j.smith@usace.army.mil

Release no. 16-010