The gates of the Steele Bayou Control Structure, located approximately ten miles north of Vicksburg, Miss., were opened by the Vicksburg Engineer District on June 13. They had been been closed since June 1 due to high stages on the Mississippi River.
The Steele Bayou Control Structure, which was built in 1969, combined with the Mississippi River and Yazoo Backwater levees, prevents the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers from backing up and further flooding the Delta.
Current stages observed on the Mississippi River within the USACE Vicksburg District’s jurisdiction as of June14 were 32.9 feet at Arkansas City, Arkansas; 44.5 feet at Greenville, Mississippi; 43.7 feet at Vicksburg, Mississippi; and 52.2 feet at Natchez, Mississippi. River stages at these locations are predicted to continue to fall for the next few weeks.
Vicksburg District personnel and their local partners will continue to monitor the conditions of flood control works, including levees, flood walls and pumping stations, across the entirety of the district’s jurisdiction.