VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The head engineer of a levee board is urging federal officials to dredge rivers to reduce flooding in Mississippi's Delta region.

The Vicksburg Post reports that Mississippi Levee Board Chief Engineer Peter Nimrod last week urged action by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Nimrod says sediment that has built up in the 50 years since officials completed channelizing the Big Sunflower River and its tributaries makes floods rise higher.

The engineer tells the Mississippi River Commission that resuming a project to dredge 130 miles (210 kilometers) of streams could reduce flood heights in the table-flat Delta by 3 feet (1 meter).

Nimrod is urging the Corps of Engineers to resurvey streams for sediment buildup, saying dredging them could restore flood capacity lost over the last 50 years.


Information from: The Vicksburg Post,