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The rising Mississippi River

VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is keeping a close watch on the rising Mississippi River. The National Weather Service is forecasting a crest just a foot below flood stage at Vicksburg by May sixth.

The big river was at an all time high just two years ago, and ironically at one of it's lowest points a year ago on the Vicksburg gauge.

The scenes of the Great Flood of 2011, the worst since the record flood of 1927, are still on the minds of people who live along the mighty Mississippi.  

The flooding north of here is in a river that is much smaller and narrower, than the size of the river channel past Mississippi.  

At this time we don't anticipate that (another 2011 flood), but we remain vigilant", said U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief Public Affairs Officer Greg Raimondo. "Keep an eye on the Ohio valley and see how the rainfall goes in the Ohio valley and we will be ready if anything happens."

"The U. S. Coast Guard has limited the barge traffic, to 36 barges per tow, and that is because of the water levels and the currents in the river," said Corps of Engineers spokesman Kavanaugh Breazeale.

One of the most memorable scenes of the Great Flood of 2011 was water five feet deep inside the old Yazoo and Mississippi Valley railroad station in Vicksburg.   It was 57.1 feet on the Vicksburg gauge then, it is only expected to go to 42 feet, this time. 

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