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Documents related to flood control in Kayes (1907)
in AOF Series P 197

Notes © 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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Rapport du Chef de Bataillon Digue, Directeur du Chemin de Fer de Kayes au Niger, au sujet de la construction des égouts des mares de Kayes (Kayes, October 28, 1907)

This document describes the plan for a flood control project at Kayes.


Rapport du Chef de Bataillon Digue, Directeur du Chemin de Fer de Kayes au Niger, sur les travaux de défense contre les eaux exécuter Kayes (Kayes November 11, 1907)

Kayes was founded as a result of military conquest of the area, at the highest point of navigation on the Senegal River for ships trying to reach Mediné. (Note: from the map, it is evident that Mediné controls an important passage through the mountains. Subsequently, warehouses and stores were built there. Later, the railroad was built from Kayes and for that reason, Kayes became an administrative center.

The flood of 1890 was not too serious because Kayes was still fairly small and primitive, but the flood of 1906 did serious damage. The damage in 1906 was estimated at 1,500,000 francs