If you head up to St. Francisville and go down Ferdinand street, you’ll eventually hit a road closed sign. Behind that sign flood waters from the Mississippi River are invading homes and local businesses.
“Normally the water will come up and last a while, then go away. It seems to be sustained a little longer period this year,“ said resident Don Ayres.
The Mississippi River has been sitting at major flood stage for over a month now not allowing the water to recede. This flooding is due to heavy rains and snow melting in the Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi Valley. Over the past week the Tennessee Valley has started to dry out allowing the waters along the Mississippi to recede ever so slightly.
Currently the Mississippi River up by St. Francisville sits at 51.55 feet and is forecasted to drop over the next week. But the with the rainy season just beginning the residents remain on alert.
“The rainfall is going to be key whether we continue to see the high levels down on the lower part of the river or whether we just have slow recession,” said Service Coordination Hydrologist at the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center Jeff Graschel.
If you want to check your local river forecast you can find it here.