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April Showers bring May... floods?

May 5th, 2011

Newstar (5/3/11):

According to the National Weather Service , Mississippi River levels will reach an all-time high this month, but the Army Corps of Engineers officials said Lousiana’s levees should contain the rising waters.

We got a firm “should” from USACE. What more can anyone ask for? I think I’ll toss out my pillow and rest my head on “should” for the rest of the month.

The forecast is for the river to crest at 57.5 feet on May 18 in Vicksburg. The 1927 crest was 56.2 feet. Flood stage is 43 feet.
…Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, and Rep. Noble Ellington, R-Winnsboro, expressed their concerns for the rising water and the integrity of the levees.

“The river levels are going to exceed that of 1927,” Riser said. “The weak link is Vidalia, where the water will crest on May 18. If it breaks, that water is coming all the way to the Monroe airport.”

Ellington reiterated Riser’s concerns. “What you don’t know is that the water would be 4 feet deep at the Monroe airport if something happened,” he said. “The infrastructure that we have in place today would be in jeopardy. The only thing we can do about this situation is to say a few prayers.”

Newstar (5/05/11):

Flood control officials said Wednesday they’re having more trouble keeping people from panicking than they are from the rising waters of the Mississippi River.

Hmm. I wonder why?

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