Mississippi Mulls Army Flood Control Plan for Jackson Area

October 6, 2009

A cost-sharing agreement that could bring millions of federal dollars to help pay for a flood-control plan in the Jackson area will continue while officials mull their options.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending its agreement with the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District. Gary Walker, senior project manager for the corps’ Vicksburg district, says no end date is set.

The corps had planned to end the agreement Sept. 30 unless district leaders went with a levee-only plan. The corps says that is the most environmentally feasible proposal. The corps would pay 65 percent of that project, or $133 million. The district would pay the rest.

A recent meeting brought no decision in a long debate about how best to protect the metro area from another flood.

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