Mississippi River flooding is approaching severe levels. How good are the river forecasts?
Latest river stage forecasts at:
Flood Stage:43.0 Ft.
Record High Stage:56.0 Ft.
Record High Stage Date: 05/04/1927
Mississippi River at Baton Rouge (01160)
Flood Stage:35 Ft.
Record High Stage Date: 05/15/1927
Location of Gage : On forebay wall of Port Allen Lock at RM 228.4. Natural flow is affected by tides at low water. Prior to 1975 gage
Mississippi River at New Orleans (Carrollton) (01300)
Stream Name: Mississippi River
Gage Zero: 0 Ft. NGVD 1929
Flood Stage:17 Ft.
Record High Stage:21.27 Ft
Record High Stage Date: 04/25/1922
Link to daily stage data at Vicksburg, MS, 1901-2008:
Linked article [04/05/08]:
"Despite a severe thunderstorm that raged through Vicksburg and Warren County Friday afternoon, dropping trees, power lines and 1.35 inches of rain, the Mississippi River crest forecast at Vicksburg remained unchanged.
The river was flowing at 44 feet Friday, and was forecast to rise to 47.2 feet today. On Friday, the forecast crest date was raised one foot and pushed back five days, to April 13, with the river now expected to top out at 49 feet."