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Aside from the water itself, the terrestrial resources that surround our lakes are valuable assets that sustain the exquisite nature of our 10 lakes.

Original congressional authorizations were limited in some cases to only one purpose, Flood Damage Reduction at our older projects. More recent authorization included multi-purpose functions such as Hydropower Production, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Stewardship, Water Supply, Public Recreation, as well as Flood Damage Reduction.



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  • 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.
  • President's Fiscal 2020 Budget for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program released

    The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) includes $4.827 billion in gross discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Corps to Open Muddy Bayou Control Structure

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District notified local authorities and emergency management personnel of the need to open the gates of the Muddy Bayou Control Structure, located 13 miles northwest of Vicksburg in the Yazoo Basin, as early as March 12. The Muddy Bayou Control Structure regulates water flowing into or out of Eagle Lake through Muddy Bayou, a tributary of Steele Bayou. The drainage structure, which was constructed as a fish and wildlife mitigation feature to improve fisheries in Eagle Lake, is used by USACE during periods of high water in the Yazoo Basin to reduce the risk of damage to the Muddy Bayou Control Structure and to prevent scour or further damage to roads and homes surrounding the lake.
  • Precautionary Flood Fight Efforts at Grenada Lake Dam Spillway

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District (MVK) is taking precautionary flood fight measures at the Grenada Lake Dam in Grenada, Mississippi, due to forecasted rainfall in the region. District engineers began making preparations to place stone in the spillway March 8. The stone will be placed over gabion baskets that are currently in the bottom of the spillway channel to further armor the channel in advance of additional rainfall forecasted at the lake in the upcoming weeks.
  • Vicksburg District Utilizes Flood Control Reservoirs in Yazoo Basin

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District used its four flood control reservoirs in the Yazoo Basin – Grenada, Enid, Sardis and Arkabutla lakes – to reduce the peak flow of rainfall runoff by approximately 90 percent during the unprecedented rainfall even throughout the region in February 2019.
  • Potential for Uncontrolled Release at Arkabutla Lake Dam Spillway

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District (MVK) notified local authorities and emergency management personnel on March 7 of the potential for water to be released at an uncontrolled rate from Arkabutla Lake Dam, which is located 35 miles north of Marks, Mississippi, into the project’s spillway between March 7-10. An uncontrolled release at the spillway would contribute to increased flow and water elevation downstream of the project.
  • Daily Patrol Efforts Extended throughout the Entire Region

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District is conducting daily patrols across the entirety of its jurisdiction as a part of its flood fight efforts due to elevated river stages across the region. At this time, all of the mainline Mississippi River gages in the Vicksburg District’s jurisdiction are experiencing major or moderate flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Vicksburg District Starts Daily Flood Fight Patrols

    Vicksburg, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District began daily patrols of flood control works, such as levees, floodwalls, relief wells, pumping stations and reservoirs, Feb. 25 due to forecasted high water on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Personnel from the Vicksburg District’s headquarters and its Vidalia, Louisiana, area office are deploying across the region to conduct inspection and surveillance operations on flood control works. At this time, the district has observed no significant sand boils or seepage at flood control sites.