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Corps of Engineers monitors levees, backwater levees

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As the Mississippi River continues to rise, all eyes are on the levees and backwater levees which are being monitored around the clock.

Many wondering if they'll be topped.

A river crest is expected to top out at 57.5 feet on Thursday, which is just half a foot from where the level is now.

Representatives with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say so far everything is going as expected and those main levees are holding up to their design.

A very close eye is being kept on the Yazoo Backwater Levee which will be very close to being topped over with water; but at this point, that's not expected to happen.

Should the anticipated crest exceed expectations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assures they are prepared and want people to be mindful of just how long the high water will stick around.

"Once we hit the crest on the 19th, it's not over," said Henry Dulaney with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Water is going to be on the levee for another month and so everything that we've told people they need to be weary of that for another month or so, month, month and a half."

Once the water does finally recede, teams will begin to go out and assess the levees to pinpoint any weakened areas for repair or any areas which may need improvement.

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