Corps of Engineers mails yearly flood notice to those who live in floodway | News
MEMPHIS, TN (KFVS) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District, mailed their yearly flood notice Wednesday to those who live in, operate and/or do business in the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway in Missouri.
The notice states that the floodway may be operated during a high water event, and serves as a reminder that flooding could occur if the floodway is activated.
According to the Corps of Engineers, the notice shows:
-The government is able to flood the area within the floodway to reduce pressure on the regional flood risk reduction system. It also reminds them that it is their responsibility to minimize environmental contamination during floodway operation.
-In case of high water, those who live in or operate business in the floodway must take measures to prevent uncontained spills of pesticides in accordance with Missouri state law.
-Property owners who store or permit storage of hazardous materials, hazardous waste, or naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) on their property must take appropriate precautions to prevent release of such materials and waste.
-Water or gas wells within the floodway must also be sealed and capped to prevent any contamination from flood waters, and propane or fuel tanks should be secured or removed prior to floodway operation.
According to the Corps, public notice will be given through local officials and the news media in the event that floodway operation becomes necessary.
Any pre-operation notice will be given as early as possible to allow time for evacuation of people and livestock, and for removal of personal belongings.
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