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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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Woman dies in Mississippi storm during 911 call

A Mississippi woman who desperately tried to direct rescuers to her sinking vehicle after it skidded into a rain-swollen creek Monday was among four people killed in storms across the South. Jacqueline Williams, 52, ran off a road into a creek in Florence early Monday and dialed 911 from the car as it went down, said Rankin County Coroner David ...

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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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Corps: River closing has barges running nearly a half-day behind

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says delays of barge traffic have run about 10 hours since the Corps began closing a three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from dawn to dusk to reinforce a section of river bank between Memphis, Tennessee and Greenville. The Corps said backups of barge traffic that occurred during the first days ...

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Corps' closing of river could impact grain exports

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Closing the Mississippi River to reinforce part of the bank at the height of a record harvest season could do serious damage to grain exports, says the Waterways Council Inc., a trade group for barge shipping. The Army Corps of Engineers is closing a three-mile stretch between Memphis and Greenville during the day to reinforce a washed-out ...

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