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Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is running far higher than normal this hurricane season, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways. One continuing concern is the massive volume of water that for months has been pushing against levees protecting a city that’s mostly below sea level. The Mississippi River is well above average this week at ...

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Mississippi agency boycotts wildlife group over pump stance

A Mississippi state agency and some vendors are boycotting a hunting event, saying the sponsor isn’t doing enough to support a pumping station to combat flooding in the Mississippi Delta. The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks voted Monday to withdraw the department it runs from the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s annual Wildlife Extravaganza, which begins Friday. The vote came ...

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Flooded forests face unknowns ahead

By RANDY ROUSSEAU The stage for 2019 floods was set by heavy snowfall in the upper Midwest, followed by excessive rainfall patterns in the Plains, Midwest and South, resulting in significant flooding all along the Mississippi River. The spring and early summer of 2019 has been among the wettest on record for many states located along the Mississippi and Ohio ...

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Beyond rivers, Midwestern floodwaters hurt seafood catches

Floodwaters carried down from the Midwest are killing oysters and driving crabs, shrimp and finfish out of Louisiana and Mississippi bays and marshes to saltier waters. So it’s a bad year for many people who make their living from the water. Brad Robin says his family controls about 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of oyster leases in Louisiana. He says that ...

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Mississippi River spillway opening indefinitely postponed

Plans to open a major Mississippi River spillway have been canceled. Part of the Morganza Spillway structure northwest of Baton Rouge had been scheduled to open Sunday. But a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman said Thursday that the opening has been indefinitely postponed. Sunday’s opening had been planned to keep the river from overtopping the structure. However, spokesman Ricky ...

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Mississippi flood overwhelms miles-long sandbag wall

Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out of hundreds of homes at Eagle Lake, north of Vicksburg. But water trapped inside a levee system keeps rising, as ...

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City aims to borrow $3M to fix flash flooding problems

A south Mississippi city wants to borrow $3 million for drainage repairs. Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee tells WDAM-TV that the bond issue won’t fix all the city’s drainage issues, but it could allow the city to provide local matches for grant funds. Magee says recent rains show that Laurel’s drainage system needs the work, saying “people get sick of flash ...

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Forecasters predict rapid rise along lower Mississippi River

The National Weather Service is predicting a rapid rise along the lower Mississippi River in the next two weeks. Forecasters predict minor flooding in at least some points below where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Tarver tells The Vicksburg Post that heavy rain in the Midwest ...

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Some flooding expected next month along Mississippi River

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 ...

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