Corps: Yazoo River slowly receding
Published: May 24,2011
MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The flooded Yazoo River is receding, but slowly.
The Yazoo dumps into the Mississippi River near Vicksburg and has caused significant flooding in west central Mississippi.
The Mississippi was so high that it caused the Yazoo River to flow upstream. That flooded houses and farms miles inland.
Robert Simrall, chief of water control for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, says the Yazoo dropped 6 inches since cresting May 21.
Water is still rising on the backwater side of the Yazoo Backwater Levee in an area south of Rolling Fork in the Mississippi Delta. The corps says it will probably be June 20 before the rivers are low enough to open a flood gate to relieve that rising water.
Simrall says water could rise more if there’s rain.
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