Story Archives: Mother Nature speaks again
|Mother Nature speaks again|
Those of us who grew up in the Louisiana Delta are used to seeing the Mississippi River rise and fall as the seasons change. High water in the spring is not a new phenomenon.
However, the levels the Mississippi River is expected to reach later this month at Vicksburg and at Vidalia are out of the ordinary. After all, when the Mississippi crests at 65 feet at Vidalia on May 22 or May 23 – as the National Weather Service predicts – it will surpass the high-level mark of 58.04 feet. That was the level of the Mississippi in 1937 when much of Louisiana went under water.
Flood stage at Vidalia is 48 feet.
When May 20 rolls around the Mississippi will crest at 57.5 feet at Vicksburg. Flood stage at Vicksburg is 43 feet.
To put it bluntly, the Mississippi River will reach all-time new highs later this month. With a little luck and by the grace of God, we will not find ourselves hip deep in water from north of Lake Providence to Monroe to below Shaw in Concordia Parish and beyond.
Say a prayer or two and keep your fingers crossed.
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