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Vicksburg District provides updated forecast for region

Published Jan. 13, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District issued an updated forecast for the region today after the weekend rainfall event.

The lower Mississippi River valley received an average of one-to-three inches of rainfall from Jan. 10-12. Higher volumes of rain fell in the Arkansas River, White River and upper Mississippi river basins. That rainfall will cause the Mississippi River to continue to rise over the next several weeks. According to National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts, the lower Mississippi River Valley is expected to receive one-to-three inches of additional rainfall over the next seven days.

The NWS is predicting the Mississippi River to crest at 39 feet at Arkansas City, Arkansas; 51 feet at Greenville, Mississippi; 47 feet at Vicksburg, Mississippi; and 54 feet at Natchez, Mississippi, during the last week of January. These projected crests were produced using extended, future rainfall and are likely to fluctuate.

Across the Yazoo Basin, the district’s four flood control reservoirs – Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada lakes – are releasing water to regain additional storage capacity. The gates of the Steele Bayou Control Structure, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg, remain open. District personnel continue to monitor conditions and the structure to determine when the gates will close.

The district’s engineers and technical experts continue to monitor water levels and flood control works throughout the region; work with its local, state and federal partners; and provide updates as they become available.

The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline Mississippi River levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.



Jessica Dulaney

Release no. 20-005