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Vicksburg District provides updated forecast for region - Feb. 25

Published Feb. 25, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District provided an update Feb. 25:

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at Arkansas City, Arkansas, at 39.5 feet Feb. 28; Greenville, Mississippi, at 51.3 feet Feb. 28; Vicksburg, Mississippi, at 47.8 feet Feb. 29; and Natchez, Mississippi, at 55 feet March 1. These projections are based on two days of forecasted rainfall and will changed based on future rainfall.

Based on local rainfall and higher stage forecasts on the Mississippi River, the Yazoo Backwater is now predicted to reach 95.5-96 feet in early March. The gates of the Steele Bayou Control Structure, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg, are expected to remain open for the near future, and a gate closure date will be strictly dependent on future rainfall. However, these predictions may change based on future rainfall.

The Yazoo Basin reservoirs – Sardis, Enid, Grenada and Arkabutla lakes – have 20-70% flood storage capacity available. The gates at Arkabutla, Grenada and Sardis are open and are releasing water. District engineers anticipate opening the gates at Enid later this week.

The Pearl River at Jackson, Mississippi, is currently at 29 feet but is expected to recede in the next 24 hours. The Lower Pearl River remains at moderate to major flood stage at Monticello, Mississippi; Columbia, Mississippi; and Bogalusa, Louisiana.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District engineers and technical experts continue to monitor water levels and flood control works across the region; work with our local, state and federal partners; and provide updates as they become available.

Jessica Dulaney
601-631-5818 (cell)

Release no. 20-020