Federal agency helps pay for Mississippi flood control

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A federal agency has set aside funds to help protect the Mississippi capital city and surrounding areas from flood damage after two floods in three years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that it has budgeted $221 million to fund local flood control projects. Local leaders described the project as “decades in the making”.

“After decades of waiting, the citizens of Jackson are finally seeing the fruits of this project,” said Robert Graham, the superintendent of Hinds County, where Jackson is located.

The current levee system fails to protect parts of Jackson and nearby flood-prone suburbs, officials said. The Pearl River Flood Control Project will widen the river that runs through the Jackson area, allowing more water to pass through during floods. It will also widen the levees and remove choke points that cause water to flow across the banks and into residential areas.

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