5 p.m. update: Floodwaters encroach on Vidalia Riverfront

Published 4:56 pm Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NATCHEZ — Water has begun to encroach on the Vidalia Riverfront.

The Mississippi River currently stands at 58.48 feet, its highest-ever recorded level. It is expected to continue rising until it reaches a height of 64 feet May 21.

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said he believes the water should reach the parking lot areas on the riverfront by Friday, but said he is confident the temporary floodwalls around the riverfront structures will hold.

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Across the river, the Isle of Capri Casino has a tugboat on standby in case the casino barge unexpectedly moves.

See tomorrow’s print and online editions for developing stories.

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