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May 7, 2011

Mississippi flooding: Policy/Strategy Links

Filed under: Preparedness and Response,Strategy — by Philip J. Palin on May 7, 2011

The Mississippi River has already exceeded the 1927 flood crest at Memphis.   Over the next two weeks or more we will see extraordinary flooding all along the lower Mississippi (and elsewhere).

To facilitate consideration of policy and strategy implications, below are a few links.  Please add your own through the comment function.

National Weather Service River Observations and more.

US Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Flood Risk Management Program

FEMA Flood Map Center

FEMA National Flood Insurance Program

A collection of relevant public laws by the Walla Walla District, USACE

The Evolution of the Flood Control Act of 1936 by Joseph Arnold on behalf of the USACE, Office of History

GAO: A collection of reports on the National Flood Insurance Program

The daily newspapers in Memphis are the Commercial-Appeal and the Daily News.

Memphis-Shelby County Emergency Management Agency


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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 7, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

These are helpful links and many thanks Phil!

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 11, 2011 @ 10:40 am

The USACOE has asked permission to open the OLD RIVER CONTROL structure and the MORGANZA spillway.

Comment by Catherine Demers

May 11, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

US Army Corps of Engineers oversees Dredging. How about more dredging being done on the Mississippi River right now to help prevent FLOODING. The cost of dredging to prevent serious flooding would probably be less than just this one flooding in terms of property damage costs. Plus the added benefits of easier navigation on the Mississippi River.

It may be easier to widen the river at certain points.

What about pumping water into areas that are too dry? Or pumping water into abandoned low excavation areas that could at least temporarily be a new lake.

Let us respond to nature’s surprises with the technology and scientific knowledge we already have. Why wait until disaster hits.

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 11, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

The Morganza Spillway is now open! And Catherine there are not enough dredges in the world to provide capacity to dredge the Mississippi for flood control. Even for continuous passage of shipping a tough process. Two thirds of the continent provide silt for the lower main stem Mississippi.

But hey like the out of the box thinking.

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