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Vicksburg District provides updated forecast for region - Feb. 18

Published Feb. 18, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District provided an update Feb. 18:

The National Weather Service has forecasted two-to-four inches of rain across most of the Lower Mississippi River Valley over the next seven days.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at Arkansas City, Arkansas, at 39 feet Feb. 25; Greenville, Mississippi, at 50.5 feet Feb. 26; Vicksburg, Mississippi, at 47 feet Feb. 27; and Natchez, Mississippi, at 54.5 feet Feb. 29. These projections are based on two days of forecasted rainfall and will change based on future rainfall.

Based on current forecasts, the Yazoo Backwater now predicted to reach 94-94.5 feet in late February. 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.

Because of increased rainfall, the flood control structures at Sardis, Enid and Grenada lakes in north Mississippi were closed Feb. 10. These Yazoo Basin reservoirs have 35-70% flood capacity available. These reservoirs’ gates are expected to open within the next three-to-five days. The gates at Arkabutla Lake remain open.

The Pearl River at Jackson, Mississippi, crested at 36.7 feet yesterday, which is the third-highest flood event on record.

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

Release no. 20-018