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Mississippi River more than twice its normal height for July

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Retired farmer Pete Hearn used to farm 1000 acres of land in Vicksburg right next to the Mississippi River. He says he's never seen the river this high in July.

"It's real unusual. Usually by this time it's been gone," he says. "It's a ruined crop, that's for sure."

"We do see more agricultural impacts because farmers have already planned for the year. A mid-summer rise in Mississippi is bad," said Drew Smith, Hydraulic Engineer with the Vicksburg District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Mississippi River is currently at 44 feet at Vicksburg. Normal for July is 20 feet. The river is expected to crest next weekend, but not expected to go over its banks.

The biggest threat is to crops right next to the river. Thompson Lake Road, which cuts a path through the soybeans, is flooded, only navigable beyond a certain point by boat. The Corps is monitoring this area and a few others.

"We look upstream, we can do some predictive analysis on that, we've got a few days notice and can tell what's going to happen in the future," says Corps District Commander Col. John W. Cross. "Even though we don't expect a lot of problems from this high water, especially this late in the year, we are prepared and we're working with the levee boards to look at the levees to make sure everything is good to go."

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