Potential storm surge could cause Mississippi River to rise to 19 feet

Severe Weather

(MGN)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) –

The National Weather Service is forecasting the Mississippi River reaching 19 feet due to potential storm surge.

According to the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, possible storm surge from Invest 92 L, a tropical disturbance in the Gulf, would cause the river to rise 3 feet.

The Army Corps of Engineers has already been dealing with high-river problems for months.

The city is protected up to 20 feet in height.

Flood warnings have been issued for Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish and St. James Parish.

Invest 92 L is expected to become a tropical depression late Wednesday or Thursday, with the potential to become a tropical storm.

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