The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation has awarded $20,557,734 to the Leflore County Board of Supervisors to protect against increased flooding in the area.
USDA funding will be allocated through the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program. According to Congressman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the money provided will go to:
District 5 Robert Collins/Glendale Emergency Drainage Improvement Project ($7,336,639): The scope of work will include the removal of existing pumps and culverts, excavation, erosion control, water pumping station, and generator to run pump station during power outages.
District 2 Reginald Moore/ Browning Pump Station Flood Disaster Project ($$6,707,945.90): The scope of work will include channel improvements, drainage infrastructure, erosion control, and the installation of a pump station.
District 4 Eric Mitchel/Itta Bena Drainage Project ($$6,513,150): The scope of work will include a new pump station, drainage infrastructure, channel improvements, and elevation repairs made to the proposed levee.
The WFPO program provides technical and financial assistance to states, local governments, and tribal organizations to help plan and implement authorized watershed projects for the purpose of flood prevention, watershed protection, and public recreation.