JACKSON, Miss.–Mississippi will now have a role in flood control projects near its border that could affect the Gulf Coast.
The U.S. Senate accepted an amendment written by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) to give the state an important role in a possible future levee project that could bring new flood threats.
Specifically the amendment addresses flood control barrier construction that could happen on the Lake Ponchartrain Land Bridge just across state lines and that both governors from Mississippi and Louisiana will have input.
“The amendment ensures that Governor Bryant will have a seat at the table if and when projects that could affect Mississippi are considered,” said Cochran. “It will give Mississippians a role in guaranteeing that a flood control project built by our neighbors won’t inadvertently increase flood risk on our side of the border.”
Cochran serves on the Senate appropriations subcommittee that funds the Army Corps of Engineers.