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Mississippi River Flood Forecasts Pushed Higher

Second only to Great Flood of 1993

Mississippi

What was already building to a near-historic river crest is now shaping up to be an even more extreme high-water event β€” with river forecasts revised upward as another round of thunderstorms closes in on the St. Louis area, and regions upstream.

The St. Louis Dispatch reports that over the next week, the Mississippi River is projected to soar to a crest of 44 feet downtown β€” 14 feet above flood stage β€” according to Monday evening forecasts based on U.S. Geological Survey data.

At that height, the river would surpass all but one flood in the city’s hundreds of years of recorded history, trailing only the Great Flood of 1993 by about 5Β½ feet.

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