Flood Control
The Flood Protection System (FPS) provides internal drainage during periods of high river stages. The system utilizes 7 Flood Control pumping stations, 14 reservoirs, flood walls, and earthen levees to protect low areas from rising water. There is a continuous line of protection along the Wolf River consisting of concrete flood walls and earthen levees from the Welcome Center at the foot of Jefferson Ave to Douglass Park. To the south along Nonconnah Creek a continuous earthen levee runs from near its mouth to just east of the intersection of Industrial Ave. and Prospect Street.

As the Mississippi River reaches 26 feet on the Memphis gage the drainage of surface runoff becomes impaired in some locations. Flood Control pumping stations are placed into service to provide drainage during such periods. Shown below are the approximate river stages at which each pump station is put into service.

Station Put in Service  Mississippi
River Gauge
Pyramid  25.0 FT
Gayoso Bayou  29.5 FT
Ensley Bayou 30.0 FT
Nonconnah Creek 33.0 FT
Cypress Creek 36.5 FT
Marble Bayou 39.0 FT
Workhouse Bayou 46.0 FT

To report localized flooding call Drain Maintenance at (901) 833-5352.
Contact Information
Flood Control
 (901) 521-0186

  Monday - Friday
  7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

After Hours EMA:
 (901) 515-2545

Report Localized Flooding:
 (901) 833-5352
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