Residents Cope With Flooding Along Mississippi [PHOTOS]
There's no doubt it's been very dry in Texoma. There's also no doubt that residents along the Mississippi River would take our dry conditions in a heartbeat. They're preparing to cope with continued flooding on Thursday as the mighty Mississippi, already at record levels, was set to crest in Vicksburg, Miss. on Thursday morning.
The river was at 57.2 feet in Vicksburg on Wednesday morning, a level well above the previous record of 56.2 feet set on May 4, 1927, according to the National Weather Service. The river was expected to reach 57.5 feet on Thursday morning, about 14.5 feet over flooding stage.
Residents of Natchez, where the recent flooding broke a record set in 1937, were also anxiously watching the river on Wednesday. The Mississippi was expected to crest at 63 feet on Saturday, about 5 feet over the record, according to the NWS.
Major flooding levels were also reached in Greenville, Miss. and Arkansas City, where the river already crested at 64 and 52.8 feet, respectively.
In Louisiana,the Morganza Spillway was opened for the first time in decades over the weekend to intentionally flood 4,600 square miles of rural Louisiana in an effort to protect Baton Route and New Orleans.
The river began swelling in April, and since has caused flooding in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. The flooding caused President Barack Obama to declare federal disaster areas in the western counties of Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Check out images of the flooding below. Click the caption tab on each image to learn more about the shot.