- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi River is expected to crest at Vicksburg on Saturday but high water levels will linger.

The only time the river at Vicksburg has been higher during June, July or August was after the Great Flood of 1928 when floodwaters took months to recede, National Weather Service Senior Hydrologist Marty Pope said.

“I think we’re running at some of the highest levels we’ve had for the summer months. I don’t remember anytime it’s been this high in recent years,” Pope told The Vicksburg Post (https://bit.ly/1J5jb33 ).

The river was at 45.34 feet Friday. It is expected to crest at 45.5 feet Saturday.

“Once it gets there, it just sits there,” Pope said “The biggest threat right now is everything is fairly flat above there, and that’s not a good thing.”

Areas of Warren County between U.S. Highway 61 and the Mississippi River were flooded this week.

“It’s not in any houses, but it’s got a whole lot where you can’t get to them,” Sheriff Martin Pace said while inspecting floodwater this week.

The Mississippi River overflow was too deep to drive through with a four-wheel drive truck but not deep enough to launch a boat.

In the Eagle Lake community, water was about 8 feet deep and covered all but the roofs of carports. Yet, water was still far below the floors of elevated riverfront homes.

“It’s nowhere near the 2011 flood,” Pace said.

The river crested in 2011 at 57.1 feet on the Vicksburg gage.

In the city, water up in the Ford subdivision, but houses and businesses once affected by flooding have been torn down.

Though the crest is predicted for Saturday, Pope said the river might not begin to fall for days or weeks, depending on rainfall in the Ohio and Arkansas river valleys.

“If this works out between now and Sunday, they show about 3 inches just north of St. Louis. There’s still that potential until we get a good fall at Cairo, Illinois, that the river could turn back around if it does crest at this lower end. We’re going to have to keep an eye on this for a while. It’s not over yet,” Pope said.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com

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