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|Mississippi to crest at flood stage|
More than five inches of rain fell in some areas of Concordia Parish Tuesday night as the Mississippi River is expected to continue to rise before cresting at flood stage in two weeks.
The Lake St. John area received about five inches of rain while on the west side of the parish four inches were recorded at the Jonesville Locks & Dam on Black River.
Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said Wednesday morning that minor problems were reported at Concordia Park but "no houses took in water as far as we know right now."
He said he recorded about three inches of rain in his gauge at Ridgecrest.
"We had our maintenance crews out at 4 a.m. this morning but everything seemed okay," said Ferrington
In Ferriday, Mayor Glen McGlothin said that he knew of no flooded homes as he rode the streets Wednesday morning.
"If any homes flooded I would have heard about it," he said.
McGlothin said drainage improvements are needed along Highway 15 and Tenth Street where water got up the doorsteps of some homes.
"There's a big canal that the Police Jury needs to clean out that has trees and debris in it from end to end," said McGlothin.
Meanwhile, Fifth District Levee Board President Reynold Minsky said that although the Mississippi River is on the rise, he thinks without major rainfall during the days ahead that "everything's going to be okay. I'm not overly concerned. If the water goes on and gets out here we will benefit because there has been a drought and our aquifers need the water."
He said the Mississippi at Vicksburg is expected to crest at 41.5 feet -- 1.5 feet below flood stage -- on March 22. At Vidalia, the river stage was 41 feet Tuesday and expected to crest at flood stage -- 48 feet -- on March 23.
"I think after the crest we will see a slow fall," said Minsky. "That is unless we receive a six or seven inch rain in the Mississippi River Valley."
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