5 p.m. update: Water 7 to 8 feet deep on Silver’s dip

Published 5:00 pm Monday, May 9, 2011

NATCHEZ — The Mississippi River continues to engulf more and more land at Under-the-Hill in Natchez.

City Engineer David Gardner estimated that approximately five to six feet of the roadway’s lowest point were covered with seven to eight feet of water at 4:30 p.m. today.

The water is predicted to eventually get approximately 14 feet deep.

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A video of the Silver Street flooding will be posted later tonight.

The predicted crest — 64 feet on May 21 — has not changed today. The river stands at 56.75 feet now.

The National Weather Service is expecting half an inch to an inch of rain in the Natchez area beginning Friday. The rain could exacerbate existing problems, but will be only a temporary problem, a NWS spokesman said.

Until flood worries wane, The Natchez Democrat will post daily river updates at noon and 5 p.m. Breaking news and other alerts will be posted throughout the day, as available. Also, a live feed of the Natchez river level is constantly updated 24-7 on our home page.

Send flood-related questions or submit flood photographs to newsroom@natchezdemocrat.com