Forecasters predict higher, later river crest at Vicksburg

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is now predicted to crest Friday at 44 feet in Vicksburg.

The forecast is a foot higher and a day later than predicted last week.

Forecasters tell the Vicksburg Post the updated projection is based on rainfall amounts in areas near tributaries that feed the Lower Mississippi.

The river was 43.4 feet at Vicksburg yesterday, up one-tenth of a foot.

In 2012, the river dropped due to drought conditions across much of the nation and dry weather locally. Levels dipped to minus-1.1 feet Aug. 29. The river’s 57.1-foot crest in 2011 was 14.1 feet above flood stage and nearly a foot above levels in the Great Flood of 1927.

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