Below is a comprehensive flood document that outlines information that people whose homes and property have been flooded need to know.
Below are guidance documents from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality regarding solid waste debris and one is a list of disposal sites for flood cleanup.
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2011
No Changes to Deer Seasons in the Delta
JACKSON – Recent historical flooding in portions of the Delta will not force closure of the 2011-12 deer season. While the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has the authority to close hunting seasons in emergency situations, closure of deer seasons in the Delta has not been recommended by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Deer Program Biologists and is not currently under consideration.
This encroachment of water has displaced deer in the south Delta and behind the mainline Mississippi River levee.
“We have been evaluating the situation along the (Mississippi) River and throughout the south Delta. Once the water recedes, we will be making site visits to properties along the River in order to determine the impacts of flooding on deer abundance,” says Lann Wilf, MDWFP Deer Program Biologist. “However, we expect minimal long-term impacts to deer abundance because flood waters rose slowly, which gave deer time to seek higher ground.”
Deer will be affected by the flood, but historical records have shown that deer will escape to higher ground as waters rise. Deer will then follow the receding water back to their home range.
For more information on deer management, please visit www.mdwfp.com or call (601) 432-2199.
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
MG Michael J. Walsh, MRC President -- OPERATION WATERSHED --
The historic flows in the Mississippi River and the 2011 High Water event are attached - we continue to verify and cross check flow values for 2011 ... a snapshot of results compared to the 1927 Flood (pre-MR&T project), and 1937 and 1973.
The MR&T system is performing as designed, but if this same great river is to be "lived with" in future high AND low water events, the nation must begin work now to repair, rebuild and reinvest in the infrastructure that protected lives, the national investment and communities. The MR&T system of floodways/spillways, backwater, channel improvement, levees/floodwalls, gates, pumps, reservoirs, relief wells, and intensive multi-state water mgt continues to protect people and major infrastructure that supports the nation. The system is under stress but performing to the level expected to date. The MR&T system is incomplete (~89% complete). Based on preliminary estimates with the MR&T system in place the nation has avoided damages in the 2011 epic flood of more than $60 billion in the LA portion alone -- the System protects more than $200 billion dollars worth of assets. While many people are suffering the pain and devastation of floodwaters the alternative of no systematic approach or a failure in the system or an un-restored system in time for the next high-water event would be devastating to our nation's economy and quality of life. An unreliable system will: obstruct the nation's ability to generate power; reduce the supply of drinking water; make reliability of waterborne transportation along the inner coast uncertain - causing unnecessary increases in consumer prices and impacting our national
The Morganza Floodway and Bonnet Carre` Spillway (based on current forecasts) are continuing to reduce the number of gates/bays open as the river fluctuates. The river will dictate the amount of water that is needed to be skimmed off the top and released into the Morganza Floodway (keeping no more than 1.5 m cfs passing Baton Rouge). The Bonnet Carre` is beginning to reduce flow gradually (keeping no more than 1.25m cfs passing New Orleans).
These flow values reflect the design criteria for the system.
As we are approaching once week since floodwaters crested in many parts of the Mississippi Delta, receding waters are a welcome site. Mississippi River backwater at the Yazoo Backwater Levee has fallen to 104.6 (-2.05 ft) since the crest and is currently falling 0.35 ft/day. Moving upstream, waters at the Little Sunflower Control Structure (riverside) have fallen to 104.8 (from a crest of 106.3) and are projected to continue falling at 0.22 ft/day. The Yazoo River at Yazoo City is currently at 105.2, which is 1.1 ft lower than the crest elevation of 106.3. The Yazoo River at Belzoni has experienced a similar rate of fall with a current reading of 105.9, roughly 1.2 ft lower than the crest elevation of 107.18. Both Yazoo City and Belzoni locations are experiencing projected fall rates of approximately 0.25 ft/day.
The rate of fall will change throughout the coming weeks as different variables are called into play. Runoff will again travel through drainage ditches, culverts, and other waterways before reaching its downstream location. However, it is quite possible that the water may not leave near as quickly as it rose. In addition to flow restrictions, we are also experiencing less downward slope on the floodwaters as the MS River remains well above flood stage, and will continue in this manner for several weeks to come. The May 24 revision of the Estimated Flood Timeline for the Vicksburg Area produced by the Corp of Engineers Vicksburg District can be found below.
At a meeting today in Stoneville with MEMA, FEMA, and other agencies, the two Levee Boards outlined plans for re-entry behind the levee for property owners.
Pasted below are the respective notices from each Levee Board that give information and guidance.
Housing Q&A – Questions Posed by Delta Council
Answers by Mike Womack, Director MS Emergency Management Agency
1. My house has been damaged or destroyed by the flood. What are my next steps?
Your first step is to contact FEMA using the website disasterassistance.gov or 1-800-745-0243. This one time sign up will ensure you are placed into the network of all federal agencies that may be able to assist you.
2. When I call 1-800-745-0243 for assistance, will I be speaking with a FEMA representative?
Yes, a FEMA representative will be the person answering your questions and assisting you with your sign up for disaster assistance.
3. Where is my closest office to seek assistance?
Disaster Recovery Centers will soon be opened in flood-stricken areas. In the meantime calling 1-800-745-0243 or visiting disasterassistance.gov can help you become registered with FEMA.
4. Will FEMA give me rules I need to follow when I rebuild?
Each county or municipal government has adopted a local “Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance” Your county floodplain administrator will have more details about the specific rules for each ordinance.
5. When I rebuild my home under the requirements of the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, will I be able to qualify for financial assistance to meet the new requirements?
Yes, FEMA will determine eligibility for financial assistance on a case-by-case basis.
6. Will second homes qualify for assistance?
Only primary homes will qualify for FEMA Individual Assistance grants, however if a homeowner was in good standing with their flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program they may be eligible for Increased Cost of Compliance. Policy holders should consult their policy. The eligibility will be determined on a case by case basis.
UPDATE – May 22, 2011 - From Peter Nimrod, Chief Engineer, MS Levee Board
CURRENT GAGE READINGS
Arkansas City 50.7’
MS RIVER FORECAST
Arkansas City Crested May 16th at 53.1’
Greenville Crested May 17th at 64.2’
Vicksburg Crested May 20th at 57.1’
This highwater exceeded the 1973 highwater levels by 6’.
This highwater put us 3.2’ above the 100-year flood on the MS River.
The 100-year flood on the MS River is 61’ at Greenville and 54’ at Vicksburg.
YBW AREA FORECAST
The YBW Levee did not overtopped! It came within 4” from the top! The top of the YBW Levee is 107.0’ and we crested at 106.67’. It has now fallen down to 106.1’.
Seepwater is a natural phenomenon during a highwater event. Sand Boils occur when seepwater travels fast enough to carry material. If these carry material – it could be creating a cavity or hole. We treat sandboils with sandbags to prevent these from moving material. The Levee Board has responded to numerous sand boils and has corrected each one. This will go on for the next several weeks until the river drops significantly.
There will many sandboils during this historic flood event – please don’t be alarmed were you hear that we have a sandboil on our levee system.
LEVEE SLIDE AT GOOSE LAKE ROAD
On Monday afternoon we discovered several sand boils at the toe of the levee and a levee slide on the landside stability berm near Goose Lake Road in south Issaquena County. The Levee Board crew including several Levee Commissioners worked through the night to cap the boils. Material was hauled to the site in the middle of the night. The boils were contained by 6am Tuesday morning. The Corps of Engineers designed a fix to stabilize the levee slide on Tuesday. On Wednesday the Corps Hired Labor Crew mobilizing equipment and material to the site to shore up the levee at the levee slide location. At this point the rock dike beyond the toe of the levee is complete and they are filling the area between the rock dike and the levee with sand. This operation will be complete Tuesday. (May 24th). The levee slide is now stabilized.
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE A PART OF HISTORY!
We have survived the worst of the historic 2011 Flood! This does not mean it is over – underseepage will continue and we will continue to be fighting sandboils. Our Levee Inspectors will continue monitoring the levee 24 hours a day. They have done a great job for us! Our crew is continuing to work overtime to make sure our levee system is going to successfully pass this historic flood. The crew worked Saturday from 6:30am until 11:45pm last night working on containing sandboils from Greenville down to Eagle Lake. The Corps of Engineers is busy assisting us on technical issues. I am very proud of our crew, staff, volunteers, partners and citizens.
The Levee is performing as designed.
- 7 DAY GAUGE FORECAST - NOAA