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FLOOD STATEMENT (Mississippi River) National Weather Service, Jackson, MS 6:02 pm CDT Monday, April 25, 2011 The flood warning continues for the Mississippi River in Arkansas, Mississippi & Louisiana * Mississippi River near Arkansas City affecting Chicot, Desha, Bolivar & Washington Counties * Mississippi River near Greenville affecting Chicot, East Carroll, Issaquena & Washington Counties * Mississippi River at Vicksburg affecting Madison, Tensas, Claiborne, Jefferson & Warren Counties/Parishes * Mississippi River at Natchez affecting Concordia, Adams & Wilkinson Counties/Parishes MAJOR TO RECORD FLOODING IS FORECAST The current weather pattern has a blocking ridge over the eastern United States with a trough over the middle portion of the country. This is allowing significant moisture to be transported into the Middle Mississippi… Upper Arkansas…and the Lower Ohio River Valleys. 5 to 15 inches of rainfall has fallen over the last five days across this area. Additional rainfall from 4 to 6+ inches is possible over the next two days. To complicate the situation, moderate flooding is ongoing along portions of the Upper Mississippi from St. Louis southward to the confluence with the Ohio River. The antecedent flooding conditions coupled with expected rainfall over the next 48 hours will cause the Cairo, Illinois river gage, which is at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to rise to 61.0 feet on May 3rd. The forecasted crest for the Mississippi River at Vicksburg is set for 53.5 feet on May 18th.  The Mississippi River at Natchez is forecasted to crest at 60 feet on May 20th. The forecast includes 4 to 6 inches of additional rainfall over the next 48 hours. Precautionary/preparedness actions… Do not drive or walk through areas where water covers roadways! The water may be deeper than it appears. Please use extreme caution if venturing near riverbanks. Move to higher ground immediately should rising water threaten your safety. Remember…turn around, don’t drown! The forecasts are based on rainfall that has occurred and that which is forecast to occur over the next 48 hours. The flood warning continues for the Mississippi River at Vicksburg * from Monday may 02 until further notice. * at  5:00 pm Monday the stage was 39.3 feet. * major flooding is forecast. * flood stage is 43.0 feet. * forecast…the river will rise above flood stage by Monday may 2nd and will continue to rise to near 53.5 feet by Wednesday may 18th. * impact… At 46.5 feet…portions of highway 465, eagle lake road and several houses are underwater. Portions of Letourneau road in south Vicksburg are flooded. * impact… At 46.0 feet…water level reaches the grain bins at the Bunge grain facility at St. Joseph, Louisiana.  Ford street in north Vicksburg begins to flood. * impact… At 45.0 feet…ford and kings subdivision at Williams Street begins to flood. * impact… At 44.6 feet…residence on Williams Street in Vicksburg begins to flood. * impact… At 44.0 feet…Ford and Kings subdivision at Pittman Road and Mary’s Alley begins to flood. * impact… At 43.0 feet…Jackson Lane in north Vicksburg begins to flood. * impact… At 42.0 feet…Bunge grain facility near St. Joseph, Louisiana ceases loading operations . * impact… At 41.0 feet…the storm water drain valves are closed at the flood gates along the Vicksburg water front. * impact… At 40.0 feet…several roads in the Long Lake and Chickasaw Bayou communities are inundated.


FLOOD STATEMENT (Big Black River) National Weather Service, Jackson, MS 7:54 pm CDT Monday, April 25, 2011 The flood warning continues for the Big Black River in Mississippi * Big Black River near Bovina affecting Hinds and Warren counties * Big Black River near Bentonia affecting Madison and Yazoo counties Precautionary/preparedness actions… Do not drive or walk through areas where water covers roadways! The water may be deeper than it appears. Please use extreme caution if venturing near riverbanks. Move to higher ground immediately should rising water threaten your safety. Remember…turn around, don’t drown! The forecasts are based on rainfall that has occurred and that which is forecast to occur over the next 12 hours. The flood warning continues for the Big Black River near Bovina from late Tuesday night until further notice. * at 7:00 pm Monday the stage was 25.7 feet. * minor flooding is forecast. * flood stage is 28.0 feet. * forecast…the river will rise above flood stage by early Wednesday morning and will continue to rise to near 33.0 feet by Sunday morning. * impact…at 32.5 feet…water begins to cover Warrior’s trail road. * impact…at 32.0 feet…several access roads along and near the river are under water. * impact…at 28.0 feet…agricultural and lowland near the river begins to flood. ]]]]> ]]>

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