With extreme high water conditions and heavy rains threatening to flood the town of Cairo, Ill., and adding pressure to the entire Mississippi River system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers triggered the activation of the Bird's Point-New Madrid Floodway Operations Plan last week for the first time since 1937.Last night, the USACE made the decision to open nearly 11,000 feet of levees along the Ohio River to provide relief to the floodwall protecting tens of thousands living at the intersection of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
For nearly a week, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard Sectors Lower Mississippi River and Ohio Valley and the National Guard have deployed vessels, aircraft and crews to impacted flood regions. With swift dispatch, the Coast Guard, USACE and a collection of state and local agencies have surged to remove citizens from imminent danger.
"With more rain expected, Coast Guard teams are ready to help residents in the impacted communities of Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee," said Cmdr. Claudia Gelzer, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah.
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