VICKSBURG — Rains upriver are heading south, and the Mississippi River is rising.
January may see street flooding in some communities near Vicksburg, but northeast Louisiana is not expecting problems, officials said.
“We are looking at a significant flooding event,” Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer told The Vicksburg Post . “The National Weather Service is predicting the Mississippi at Vicksburg to be at 51 feet by Jan. 15.”
He said county officials will participate in a National Weather Service conference call Monday afternoon about river conditions.
The predicted crest is 6 feet below the record set in spring 2011, but 8 above flood stage.
At 36.5 feet, Elver said, water starts affecting the Long Lake community, and at 39.5 feet the road to Long Lake becomes impassable about a mile north of that community.
Reynold Minsky, president of the levee district that protects northeastern and central Louisiana, tp;d The News-Star that property on the river side of the levee probably will flood, but 51 feet is still lower than the levees.
The river probably will reach flood stage of 43 feet in Vicksburg sometime during the first week of the year, he said.
“After it hits flood stage, anybody with cows on the levee should remove them,” Minsky said.
He said recently installed relief wells should minimize sand boils — areas where water seeps under the levee, causing spots inside the levee to bubble.
He said, “We’re asking for everybody with gates on the levee to open them all next week so we can have easy access to any area we need to monitor.”
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