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Vicksburg flood crest anniversary Friday

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On May 18th, 2011, the Mississippi River reached its highest level in recorded history.

To mark the anniversary, the City of Vicksburg and the Army Corps of Engineers hosted a commemorative ceremony at the city flood wall.  The river crested at 57.1 feet.

A newly painted flood gauge mark is now painted above the old high water mark of 56.2 feet from the flood of 1927.

The river in Vicksburg sits more than thirty feet lower than it did it on May 18, 2011.

"Yesterday we had a mini crest of about 26.4/5 here at Vicksburg so over 30 feet lower than we were this time last year," said Drew Smith, a hydraulic engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Since the flood, Congress has appropriated $377 million to the Vicksburg Army Corps of Engineers to improve levee systems along the Mississippi Valley.

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