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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began flood fight operations throughout the Central U.S., along the Mississippi and tributary rivers, in response to heavy rainfall on April 28-30 . High water flows are impacting navigation and stressing federal and non-federal levee systems. The USACE Mississippi Valley, Lakes & River, Southwestern, and Northwestern Divisions are conducting response operations under the Corp’s Public Law 84-99 (Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies) authorities. While no requests for Stafford Act assistance have been received to date, USACE is sharing information and actively coordinating with FEMA Regions V, VI, & VII. The current assessment indicates moderate flood risk to the lower Mississippi River and no anticipation to operate federal floodways or spillways.