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Dropping river allows Corps to reopen flood gates

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — After recently enduring near record high stages, the Mississippi River has begun to decrease in water levels, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Forecasters predict the Mississippi River will fall rapidly over the next seven to ten days, from 36 feet to approximately 21 feet on the Vicksburg gauge.

The falling Mississippi River levels enabled the Corps’ Vicksburg District to re-open the gates at the Steel Bayou structure July 24. This will release approximately 13 feet of water from Steele Bayou, which will drain over 110,000 acres of land in the lower Yazoo Back water area. The gates at the Little Sunflower Structure are also currently open.

Additionally, the Corps will open the Muddy Bayou gates sometime during the next week to allow water levels in Eagle Lake to lower approximately two feet. This will be a welcome relief for Eagle Lake residents and dock owners who endured higher than normal lake levels since mid-February.


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