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Yesterday the Board of Supervisors and City of Horn Lake met with the Corp of Engineers at the Federal Building in Memphis regarding the county’s $1.5 million Federal allocation to address flooding. Federal allocations require a study by the Corp of Engineers. The study can take up to three years.
The process was formerly used by the Horn Lake Creek Drainage District, and the results of the Corp’s study then was reduced flood events along the creek. Anyone who lived in DeSoto County before 1998 will remember the frequency of the flooding back then. The protection from that work is still enjoyed today, but development and conditions have changed, and 100 year flood events have increased, so the Board of Supervisors is working to find solutions.
The Board of Supervisors and The City of Horn Lake believe this project will produce lasting protection from flooding. The process is long, but the benefits are long lasting. Also, the Corp’s study will allow us to apply for Federal money for construction. Senator Roger Wicker, Senator Thad Cochran, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, and Congressman Trent Kelly were instrumental in getting this project funded. This was the only “New Start” project approved this year.
The Corp of Engineers and the County will be a team to work on this project. The project covers the entire county, but the study area must be designated to match the funding. The cities will work with the county to determine priority areas.