VICKSBURG, Miss. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District provided an update Feb. 27:
The National Weather Service has forecasted heavy rainfall over the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers that may impact river forecasts across the region within the next week. Current projections indicate that stages on the main stem of the Mississippi River will remain relatively stable, but these projections will change based on future rainfall.
The Mississippi River is expected to crest at Arkansas City, Arkansas, at 39.7 feet Feb. 28; Greenville, Mississippi, at 51.7 feet Feb. 29; Vicksburg, Mississippi, at 48.1 feet March 1; and Natchez, Mississippi, at 55.5 feet March 2. These projections are based on two days of forecasted rainfall and will changed based on future rainfall.
Due to recent rainfall and the broadening of the Mississippi River’s crest, the Yazoo Backwater is now predicted to peak near 96 feet in late February or early March. The gates of the Steele Bayou Control Structure, located approximately 10 miles north of Vicksburg, were closed Feb. 27.
The gates of the Yazoo Basin reservoirs – Sardis, Enid, Grenada and Arkabutla lakes – are open and are releasing water.
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.
Release no. 20-019