The Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District voted this morning to move head with a levees-only flood-control plan endorsed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Flowood Mayor Gary Rhodes moved to accept the Corps' recommendation that the levees along the Pearl River between Hinds and Rankin counties be extended. The other mayors on the Levee Board including Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. all supported the motion, with only Jackson businessmen Leland Speed and Socrates Garrett voting against it. Rhodes cited the concerns of his constituents about the urgency of flood control in submitting the motion. Mayor Johnson seconded the motion.
The vote effectively ended debate on the possibility of a "Two Lakes" development plan, endorsed by Jackson oilman John McGowan and others.
A longer story with full details will be in the JFP Daily today. For background, see the JFP's Pearl River archive
Garrett I know is in McGowan's pocket. Speed I've had my doubts about for awhile now.