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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • 2011 Mississippi River flood report reveals $2.8 billion in damages

  • The Mississippi River flooding of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like never before, exposing vulnerabilities that need attention, a report released Monday said.
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  • The Mississippi River flooding of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like never before, exposing vulnerabilities that need attention, a report released Monday said. The report from the corps said the flood hit 119 counties in the lower Mississippi River states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. More than 21,000 homes and businesses and 1.2 million acres of agricultural land were affected, and more than 43,000 people felt some effects. The Mississippi River and Tributaries system operated as it was designed and was mostly successful in fighting the flood along most of the nation's most important inland waterway, the corps said. However, the spring floods exposed vulnerabilities in many parts of the system and the plans used to operate them. The report said there is room for improvement in nearly all areas. "The magnitude of the event tested the system and its individual components like no flood before it," the report said. Nearly all of the levee or floodwall systems experienced some damage. The floodways at Birds Point-New Madrid in Illinois, and the Morganza Floodway and Bonnet Carre Spillway in Louisiana were opened to relieve the stress on the system, marking the first time that three floodways had been operated during a single flood, the report said.
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