Noon update: Local officials from both sides of river meet about flood

Published 11:47 am Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NATCHEZ — The Mississippi River has surpassed – and continues to surpass – its highest recorded flood stage levels.

As of 11 a.m., the river stood at 58.34 feet. The previous record high-water mark was set Feb. 21, 1937, when the floodwater reached 58.04 feet.

Flood stage at Natchez is 48 feet.

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Local government officials from both sides of the river met in Vidalia Wednesday morning to discuss the situation, and said Friday they will meet again with representatives from the National Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss levee strength and determine if a call for voluntary evacuation is necessary.

More information about the meeting will be in Thursday’s print edition and online edition.

Concordia Parish remains at Level 2 of its evacuation plan, which calls for residents to arrange for the possibility of an evacuation.

Those arrangements should include pre-packaging personal property such as important papers and photographs.

In Adams County, the rising waters have crept into low-lying areas, forcing county officials to close Anna’s Bottom Road, Bourke Road, and access to the former Belwood country club.

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.

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