Thursday, May 5, 2011

River continues to rise at New Madrid

The Mississippi River is expected to crest New Madrid at 50 feet around mid-day on Sunday, before levels begin a long drop to more normal levels. The River was at 48.28 feet at 3:00 a.m. this morning, which sets the record for the highest river levels in New Madrid’s history. The previous high water mark was set in 1937.

New Madrid has already seen major flooding. Residents have been sandbagging for days. Many homes and businesses have evacuated and heavy property damage is expected in the area, according to New Madrid’s Chamber of Commerce. Major damage to agricultural lands is also expected.


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