UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: The Mississippi River now sits at 39.3 ft [moderate flooding] and should reach major flooding late Saturday. Water levels are forecasted to crest @ 41 ft. Levees [downtown] hold to 50 ft. Therefore, we shouldn’t have any issues in Baton Rouge.
The Mississippi River is rising and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now going to patrol the levees from Baton Rouge to Venice.
The Army Corps of Engineers call is the reactivation of phase II flood fight procedures.
The corps says, “increased patrols help ensure our ability to respond quickly to any problem areas that may develop along the levee system because of the elevated water levels.”
A more detailed look at what is happening including how to keep an eye on river stages is found below: