- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The latest on Mississippi River flooding (all times local):

6:05 p.m.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official says levee defenses on the lower Mississippi River are holding up well so far against the river’s winter flood.

Jacob Brister, chief of project management for the Vicksburg District of the Corps, toured levees in Mississippi and Arkansas on Wednesday. Brister says that while there have been a few landslides on levees, corps officials are pleased overall with how the system is holding up.

Brister says work done after the 2011 flood, including relief wells that allow water to flow under levees to relieve pressure, is proving its value.

He says that 24-hour levee patrols in the Vicksburg District, which covers parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, are likely to start as the river begins to crest this weekend.

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5 p.m.

The Louisiana National Guard has mobilized more than 70 personnel to help local, parish and state emergency officials in advance of expected river flooding.

Guardsmen will begin 24-hour levee inspection operations Friday in Concordia, East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes to inspect for seepage. Two sand-bagging chutes have been provided to officials in Tensas Parish and the military agency has issued 13,000 sandbags to both West Feliciana and Avoyelles parishes.

The agency says guardsmen will also conduct aerial surveys in the Red River Atchafalaya Levee District, including the Red River, Old River control structure and Morganza control structure.

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3:15 p.m.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is closing state road 465 in Warren County and U.S. 149 to state road 16 in Yazoo County due to rising water in the Mississippi River.

The department says state road 465 from U.S. 61 to the backwater levee will close at 6 p.m. and remain in place until further notice. U.S. 149 to state road 16 in Yazoo County, from the Whittington West Levee Road to Ericson Road, will be made when needed and remain in place until further notice.

MDOT is monitoring potential flooding as a result of the high water level of the Mississippi River and its surrounding tributaries. MDOT is coordinating with officials to assess potential road closures in all areas that could be affected including but not limited to Issaquena, Warren, Wilkinson and Yazoo counties.

The public is asked to report flooded roadways that could impact travel to local law enforcement agencies.


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