Set-back Levees on the Mississippi River: Hearings Before the Committee on Flood Control, House of Representatives, Seventy-fourth Congress, First Session, on H. R. 7349, to Amend the Act Entitled "An Act for the Control of Floods on the Mississippi River and Its Tributaries, and for Other Purposes," Approved May 15, 1928, as Amended, April 29, 30 and May 1, 1935

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Page 17 - States, all rights of way for levee foundations and levees on the main stem of the Mississippi River between Cape Girardeau, Missouri and the Head of Passes.
Page 18 - ... under the 1928 act. All of the improvements in there have been moved back. They disturbed all the improvements. That is true of all the improvements in the area along the river front, and all of the highways in that section are' along the river front. Yet there would not be one dime of reimbursement for the people in this levee district. The CHAIRMAN. What you are talking about there are levee bases and foundations. That is something we cannot provide for in this bill, because that would involve...
Page 17 - ... appear before a full meeting of the committee. I would like to discuss that one point with the committee when there is a full attendance. In the State of Louisiana, on the Mississippi River, we have five levee districts that are affected. We have the Fifth Louisiana Levee District; the Atchafalaya Basin Levee District ; the Pontchartrain Levee District; the LaFourche Basin Levee District; the Lake Borgne Basin Levee District; the Buras Basin Levee District, and the Grand Prairie .Levee District....
Page 4 - It amounts to that; and now the Government is taking property and destroying the protection it formerly had in order to economize in the building of the system for flood control. The CHAIRMAN. In the execution of the Federal project, it was acknowledged to be a Federal obligation in the act under which that was done. Mr. CARLSON. You have said that this amounts to a total of about $4,000,000. This bill says
Page 8 - ... the levee lands on the river, but it meant this, that wherever it became necessary to change the location of an existing levee on the river, it would be set back sufficiently to afford that, 30-year protection for the structure. That, in itself, has brought into the picture an enormous expenditure on the part of those local levee districts. I am going to give you just this one illustration of the meaning of that. Under the 1917 and 1923 operations where it was a case of a $2 contribution to one,...
Page 18 - ... involving levee foundations, up in another bill. Mr. JACOBS. This would be absolutely worthless to the State of Louisiana, except in the Fifth Louisiana Levee District. The CHAIRMAN. There is no way of writing into this bill a provision covering levee foundations. That is an obligation that is assumed by every local interest under the Flood Control Act. In order to carry a provision of that sort, the Flood Control Act would have to be repealed. This is merely a clarifying bill to take care of...
Page 208 - ... right-of-way under the Flood Control Act. Mr. MORGAN. I am not here advocating the cause of the local levee boards. In other words, my contention is that you, the General Government, has no right to go upon and destroy our property. You have no God-given right to deliberately misuse or arbitrarily exercise your superior powers in this manner. The CHAIRMAN. No; we have not done that. Mr. MORGAN. As a matter of fact, the construction of flood-control projects, flood regulations, and flood-prevention...
Page 2 - This is a matter that has been pending before our committee for some time. Bills providing for the relief sought in this measure have been on two occasions, after hearings, reported favorably by this committee. The first bill, HR 17074, of the Seventy-first Congress, third session, was reported by Hon. William F. Kopp, of Iowa, then ranking member of the committee when Hon. Frank R. Reid, of Illinois, was chairman, A bill involving the same question that is presented in this bill, HR 4668, Seventy-second...
Page 4 - ... compensation. We have some of the landowners here. Mr. DRIVER. I have conditions in my district that you are familiar with. Mr. ZIMMERMAN. I would like to ask the chairman one or two questions. Judge Wilson, the Government made these changes on its own initiative; that is right, is it not? The CHAIRMAN. As to where the levee line should be ? Mr. ZIMMERMAN. Yes. The CHAIRMAN. Yes. Mr. ZIMMERMAN. As to the men back of the levee, it means that they are subject, from experience, to an overflow at...
Page 209 - ... flood-control works. The CHAIRMAN. Now, it does not say so. It says for compensation of damages to those lands which were protected before the act went into effect, and which have been exposed to flood waters on account of being thrown on the river because of relocations and changes in levee lines. Mr. MORGAN. Is it not for the reimbursement of damages inflicted? The CHAIRMAN. If we had a road in the same situation as this, of course that would be different, but it does not apply in any way to...

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