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Residents watch river as officials issue flood warning

Dora Younger has lived in her Hudson Street home in the Kings Community in Vicksburg for 13 years. She says it was under water when the Mississippi River overflowed its banks in 2011. Source: WLBT Dora Younger has lived in her Hudson Street home in the Kings Community in Vicksburg for 13 years. She says it was under water when the Mississippi River overflowed its banks in 2011. Source: WLBT
According to MEMA, recent severe weather and heavy rains have caused the Mississippi River to begin rising at a rate in excess of that experienced during the floods of 2008-2009.  Source: WLBT According to MEMA, recent severe weather and heavy rains have caused the Mississippi River to begin rising at a rate in excess of that experienced during the floods of 2008-2009.  Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A warning for those living along the Mississippi River - waters are on the rise.

In Vicksburg where flooding is expected, residents hope they don't relive the nightmare of just four years ago.

Dora Younger has lived in her Hudson Street home in the Kings Community in Vicksburg for 13 years. She says it was under water when the Mississippi River overflowed its banks in 2011.

"You could put a boat out there if you wanted to cause the water was high enough," said Younger.

The 79-year-old and her husband, Hoover, rushed to move furnishings from the house and saved what they could before starting again.

"We had water halfway in the house and all the houses in the area. We had to move before the water got in the house. By the time it got to the back we were gone because they came and told everybody in this area to move," she said.

The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest at 54 feet on January 15. 

As of Monday, it was nearly 37 feet, roughly six feet below flood stage which is 43 feet.

Officials are giving residents along the river plenty of notice.

"One minute you're sitting down having a nice time and the next minute you don't have a home," said Pat Wilson who lost two mobile homes in 2011.      

Wilson lives next door to Younger and was required to raise her mobile home three feet after the flood.

"This was my first flood I ever had, and it was kinda hard because we ended up in a shelter for a while."

Along the riverfront in Vicksburg residents drove by, stopped and looked, monitoring the water level.

Wilson is hoping her home is now high enough to avoid the flooding.

But for Younger, a January flood will be the last straw.

"This time we probably won't come back. Well I know I'm not," added Younger.

According to MEMA, recent severe weather and heavy rains have caused the Mississippi River to begin rising at a rate in excess of that experienced during the floods of 2008-2009.  

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