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Mississippi River to Exceed 1927 Flood Levels

By Greg Hilburn – “Mississippi River levels will reach an all-time high this month, exceeding even the great flood of 1927, according to a new forecast by the National Weather Service, but U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials said Louisiana’s levees should contain the rising waters.

The new forecast issued Monday raised the crest 4 more feet at Vicksburg, Miss., to 57.5 feet on May 18, The 1927 crest was 56.2 feet. Flood stage is 43 feet.

But the corps’ Robert Simrall was quick to point out the Louisiana levee system is higher than in 1927.

‘These levees are designed to contain this flood,’ Simrall said.

Still, even corps officials like Simrall were surprised by the new crest prediction.

‘It would be more water than we’ve ever had,’ he said. ‘I’ve worked here more than 25 years and I never thought I’d see this.'”  Read more.

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