The MR&T Post Flood Evaluation was largely executed from August 2011 through December 2012 as a concentrated effort to investigate and document the performance of the MR&T system and how the entire Mississippi River Watershed was managed as a system during the historic Mississippi River Basin Flood Event that extended from March through July 2011. The purpose of this evaluation was to (1) assess MR&T system performance, (2) identify and prioritize recapitalization requirements for system components necessary to repair the MR&T system for future events, and (3) assess effectiveness or areas of improvement for water control communication and coordination across the watershed. The resulting documents will be a valuable resource for system management, operation and improvements. They will also serve as a reference guides for future flood risk management.
With over 1.5 years of intensive data collection, evaluation, writing and review, three key documents were produced as part of the MR&T Post Flood Evaluation. These documents are intended to serve as educational tools and reference points for our citizens, decision makers and future flood fighters. Facts, figures and lessons learned from the 2011 flood serve to hasten and guide our endeavors to rebuild and improve the MR&T project, ensuring continued safety and security of our citizen’s lives and livelihoods.