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Mississippi River Now Expected to Reach 48 Feet

May 3, 2011

Residents should remain vigilant of the potential for flooding along the local tributaries of the Mississippi River. Additional rainfall is expected with rain ending mid-day Tuesday.  The heaviest rain in this current weather system has occurred on a line generally north of I-40. 

The Loosahatchie River is predicted to crest at Arlington tomorrow within a foot of the crest experienced last week.  Lower reaches of the Loosahatchie River, west of Austin Peay Highway may actually experience higher crests due to the backwater from the Mississippi River during the period from Tuesday evening through Wednesday.

Depending on the amount of additional rainfall this evening, the Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek may not exceed the crests from last week.

The National Weather Service has revised the predicted crest of the Mississippi River from 45 on the Memphis gage to 48 on the Memphis Gage.  The crest is predicted to occur on May 10.  This revised crest is still well within the capabilities of the flood protection system in Memphis.  Low areas outside of the Memphis flood protection system will be subject to rising waters between now and May 10.  Memphis Public Works is closing floodgates ahead of the rising waters.  All City of Memphis flood control pump stations are in operating order.

Areas most likely to expect flooding as a result of the high water on the Mississippi are within the Loosahatchie flood plain west of Austin Peay Highway, the Wolf River flood plain west of Covington Pike and the Nonconnah Creek flood plain west of Airways Boulevard.

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