Keith & Gov. Beebe get report on Crittenden County flooding and an update on local levee
May 11th, 2011 • News

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe joined Keith and other leaders for a tour of flooded areas in West Memphis on Friday and met with representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers for an update on the status of the levee system in Crittenden County.

Accompanied by Mayor William Johnson, US Senator Mark Pryor and other area leaders, Gov. Beebe visited the Port of West Memphis and heard from officials with Kinder Morgan (the company that operates the port) and from representatives of the St. Francis Levee District about the historic levels the Mississippi River has reached in the Mid-South in recent days. The river is expected to crest in the Memphis area at 48 feet on May 10.

The group then visited several neighborhoods effected by flooding due to the record rainfall the area has seen – the Mid-South area has seen 6 times the annual rainfall in just two weeks, according to official reports from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Before departing, Gov. Beebe was updated by representatives from the Corps of Engineers, including Col. Vernie Reichling, Memphis District Commander, on the state of the levee in Crittenden County. Despite the historically high water, Reichling said the levee was performing as designed.