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DeSoto County, MS - DeSoto County Supervisors Mark Gardner and Lee Caldwell took part in a presentation of a flood study to Lieutenant General Scott Spellmon, the USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Colonel Zachary Miller, USACE Memphis District Commander. The presentation took place Thursday, January 8, 2021.
The study is two years in the making. It documents areas prone to intense flooding and highlights factors contributing to flooding. Lt. Gen. Spellmon listened intently as District 4 Supervisor Lee Caldwell detailed damage caused by the repeated floods in her District and across DeSoto County. “The repeated flooding is also a public safety issue,” said Caldwell. “The flood 2014 made it difficult to access Baptist DeSoto Hospital.”
District 2 Supervisor and Board President Mark Gardner spoke about the economic impact of flooding. “200 people lost their jobs when flood waters forced a business to shut down and move out of DeSoto County. It is vital we take action to prevent more businesses from going under.”
The flood study will be used to determine the best ways to reduce flood damage to homes, businesses, and roads and bridges and to identify grant opportunity to implement flood control solutions. Lt. Gen. Spellmon was very receptive to the study and information presented by the Supervisors and other members of the Flood Study Committee. He thanked them for their hard work and offered insight on how the County and the Corp. of Engineers could proceed.
All DeSoto County Supervisors serve on various committees dedicated to enhancing Desoto County. Supervisor Caldwell and Supervisor Gardner have served on the Flood Study Committee since its creation in 2018.
About The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors:
The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors is the governing body of DeSoto County. Supervisors provide leadership over critical policy areas, including policies necessary to ensure safe communities, protect public health, promote economic development, and plan and manage land use.
DeSoto County Supervisors have full authority over roads and bridges in unincorporated areas of the county, county law enforcement, collections, fines, and levying taxes. The board is responsible for establishing policy for the complex multi-million dollar budgets of county government. While each Supervisor represents his or her district, all of the members are expected to look after the good of DeSoto County as a whole.
Group Photo from left: Donny Davidson Jr., USACE Deputy District Engineer; Lt. General Scott Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers; Lee Caldwell, District 4 Supervisor; Mark Gardner, District 2 Supervisor and Board President; Elizabeth Burks, USACE Asst. Deputy for Project Management, Col. Zachary Miller, USACE Memphis District Commander; Tracy Huffman, Waggoner Engineering; Adam Grubbs, Deputy Dist. Dir. for Rep. Trent Kelly