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A BILL TO AMEND THE ACT ENTITLED “AN ACT
TO AMEND THE ACT ENT CLED 'AN ACT FOR THE
CONTROL OF FLOODS ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
AND ITS TRIBUTARIES, AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES', APPROVED MAY 15, 1928"

APPROVED JUNE 15, 1936

MARCH 28, 29, AND 30, 1938

Printed for the use of the Committee on Commerce

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1938

56088

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE

ROYAL S. COPELAND, New York, Chairman MORRIS SHEPPARD, Texas

CHARLES L. McNARY, Oregon JOSIAH WILLIAM BAILEY, North Carolina HIRAM W. JOHNSON, California HATTIE W. CARAWAY, Arkansas

GERALD P. NYE, North Dakota BENNETT CHAMP CLARK, Missouri

ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan JOHN H. OVERTON, Louisiana

WALLACE H. WHITE, JR., Maine
THEODORE G. BILBO, Mississippi

ERNEST W. GIBSON, Vermont
VIC DONAHEY, Ohio
JOSEPH F. GUFFEY, Pennsylvania
FRANCIS T. MALONEY, Connecticut
GEORGE L. RADCLIFFE, Maryland
CLAUDE PEPPER, Florida
JOSH LEE, Oklahoma
GEORGE L. BERRY, Tennessee

GRACE MCELDOWNEY, Clerk
ROGER WILLIAMSON, Assistant Clerk

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Supt. Doc.

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CONTENTS

Statement of

Page

J. R. Adams, member of Board of State Engineers of Louisiana, Lake

Providence, La----

93

Brig. Gen. Harley B. Ferguson, president, Mississippi River Com-

mission, Vicksburg, Miss-

33, 49

John Klorer, consulting and planning engineer, Sewerage and Water

board, New Orleans, La--

75

Harry Jacobs, chief State engineer of Louisiana -

78

Wade O. Martin, chairman of the Louisiana Flood Control and Water

Conservation Commission, St. Martinville, La-

95

B. F. Young, president, board of commissioners, fifth Louisiana levee

district, St. Joseph, La--

98

Ralph Hebert, State senator of Louisiana, Innis, La.

103

Hon. John H. Overton, a United States Senator from the State of

Louisiana..

6

Hon. Richard W. Leche, Governor of the State of Louisiana-

11

Maj. Gen. Julian L. Schley, Chief of Engineers, United States Army,

Washington, D. C...

23

J. W. Summerlin, president, Tensas Basin levee district, Rayville, La.. 113

Steve Barbre, Pointe Coupee Parish, La-

116

J. Martian Hamley, Lake Providence, La---

119

Lamar Williamson, Monticello, Ark.-

126

J. C. Gould, Rohwer, Ark.

130

John Baxter, Dermott, Ark.

131

W. W. Grubs, Eudora, Ark.

134

Sam J. Wilson, Montrose, Ark.

138

Clyde Lovett, Lake Village, Ark..

141

Hon. William M. Whittington, third district, Mississippi.

143

J. W. Bradford, member of the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board.. 156

Rhea Blake, Secretary-Manager of the Delta Chamber of Com-

160

J. S. Allen, chief engineer, Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners. 164

N. E. Offenhiser, chief engineer of the Yazoo (Miss.) levee district,

Clarksdale, Miss.-

171

Ed. C. Brewer, Clarksdale, Miss., attorney for the Yazoo-Mississippi

Delta Levee Board.--

173

W. T. Wenn, president, Delta Chamber of Commerce, Greenville,

Miss.

175

MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOOD CONTROL-MORGANZA

FLOODWAY

MONDAY, MARCH 28, 1938

UNITED STATES SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE,

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met at 10 a. m., pursuant to notice, in the Commerce Committee room, the Capitol, Senator Morris Sheppard (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Senators Sheppard, Overton, Bilbo, Donahey, Maloney, and Gibson.

Present also: Senators Ellender and Miller.

Senator SHEPPARD (chairman of the subcommittee). The subcommittee will come to order.

We have met to consider a bill, S. 3354, by Senator Overton, entitled “A bill to amend the act entitled “An act 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,' approved June 15, 1936."

For the sake of clarity, we shall have published in the record of the hearing at this point the bill which is to be amended, approved June 15, 1936.

(The document referred to, Public, No. 678, 74th Cong., S. 3531, is as follows:)

[PUBLIC_No. 678—7474 CONGRESS)

[S. 3531] AN ACT 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 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the project for the control of floods of the Mississippi River and its tributaries, adopted by Public Act Numbered 391, approved May 15, 1928 (45 Stat. 534), Seventieth Congress, entitled “An Act for the control of floods on the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and for other purposes,” is hereby modified in accordance with the recommendations of section 43 of the report submitted by the Chief of Engineers to the Chairman of the Committee on Flood Control, dated February 12, 1935, and printed in House Committee on Flood Control Document Numbered 1, Seventy-fourth Congress, first session, as hereinafter further modified and amended; and as so modified is hereby adopted and authorized and directed to be prosecuted under the direction of the Secretary of War and the supervision of the Chief of Engineers.

Sec. 2. That the Boeuf Floodway, authorized by the provisions adopted in the Flood Control Act of May 15, 1928, shall be abandoned as soon as the Eudora Floodway, provided for in Flood Control Committee Document Numbered 1, Seventy-fourth Congress, first session, is in operative condition and the backprotection levee recommended in said document, extending north from the head of the Eudora Floodway, shall have been constructed.

Sec. 3. That the levees along the Mississippi River from the head of the Morganza Floodway to the head of the Atchafalaya River and down the east

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