Mississippi Senator Says Build the Pumps

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi Senator Cyndi Hyde-Smith says the federal government sent pumps to get the water out of New Orleans after 2005’s Hurrican Katrina disaster, and in a Wednesday letter to President Donald Trump Hyde-Smith asks that he do the same now and send pumps to remove water from flooded Mississippi Delta towns and fields surrounding Steele Bayou. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed a floodgate north of Vicksburg on Friday. The gate protects areas from even worse inundation by the swollen Mississippi River. But water inside the levees has nowhere to go because a planned pumping station was vetoed as harmful to the region’s wetlands. Thanks to that decision, this year, the whole region is a wetlands. Hyde-Smith and other Mississippi officials want the veto reversed and the pumping station built.


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