During the recent heavy rainfall events in the Des Moines River basin, Saylorville Lake’s and Lake Red Rock’s outflows were regulated to help reduce river levels and minimize flooding from Des Moines, Iowa, to Hannibal, Mo., on the Mississippi River. The operation of the Lakes prevented more than $11 million in additional flood damages to downstream areas.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, will host a meeting June 26 to update potentially affected landowners within the project’s northern reaches 1-3 of the Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Plan.
The Mississippi Legislature passed House Bill 2, which allows any person in Mississippi who is legally allowed to carry a gun the right to openly carry the gun without a permit. The law goes into effect on 1 July 2013, but possessing a firearm on Corps of Engineers property is prohibited by federal regulation.