October 22, 2020

Flood crest levels raised along lower Mississippi River

National Weather Service hydrologists raised the expected crest for the Mississippi River at Natchez Friday to a level that would mark the second-highest level ever recorded.

The river is now expected to reach 59.0 feet on the Natchez river gauge on June 7 forecasters say. That mark would be the second-highest level on record, but still well short of the 2011 high water mark of 61.95 feet.

The river has been above flood stage in Natchez since Jan. 4, another record.

Forecasters also raised the anticipated crest at Vicksburg to be 51.5 feet on June 6, that’s a full foot higher than Thursday’s forecast. That level is well shy of the record of 57.1 recorded in 2011.

The forecasts only take into account precipitation predicted for the next 48 hours. Additional rainfall can change the forecast.