Residents of communities along the Mississippi River are holding their breath hoping that levees and dams set up to protect them from flooding do their job.
Accuweather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski writes that historic flooding near St. Louis last week was recorded at levels not seen during the winter months since the 1800s. Now, the deadly flooding is expected to surge farther south along the Mississippi River over the coming days, putting many more levees at risk for failing and more homes and highways under water.Communities along the Mississippi River in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana should be prepared for flood issues over the coming weeks as the water travels farther south.
Water levels will continue to rise in Memphis, Tennessee, and Greenville, Mississippi, as well as Baton Rouge, Louisiana, through the second week of January. Levees will be forced to hold back the rising water, but in some cases may fail, as has been seen in the past week. Residents in these areas will want to be prepared for potentially historic flooding.