Model Study of Bessie Cutoff, Mississippi River. Hydraulic Model Investigation.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS
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The model investigation of Bessie Cutoff, considered for construction on the Mississippi River, was concerned with obtaining information and data on the probable effects of the cutoff on channel development, channel stabilization, navigation, and flood control and to demonstrate the conditions expected to officials of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and local and navigation interests. The cutoff was proposed for construction across Slough Landing Neck about 60 miles below Cairo, Illinois. It would be about 5 miles long and would shorten the river by about 21 miles. A distorted, fixed-bed model, reproducing about 79 miles of the Mississippi River to scales of 1500 horizontally and 1100 vertically, was used for the investigation. The study also indicated the general effects of the cutoff on channel development and stabilization, the effects of the floodfree roadway connecting the severed area with the mainland, and the movement of sediment at the head of the cutoff during the initial development. Author
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Civil Engineering