Mississippi River crests to challenge historic floods even as rain departs
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  • 08:27 03 May 2019

Mississippi River crests to challenge historic floods even as rain departs

Major flooding is forecast to continue through this weekend and beyond along portions of the Mississippi and James rivers, ONA reports citing local media.

Many rivers throughout the central United States remain above flood stage or just below flood stage. Much of the high water has been set into motion from heavy snowfall this past winter that melted and combined with heavy rain more than a month ago.

However, more recent episodes of heavy rain have caused water levels on some of the major rivers to surge again. Additional bouts of heavy rain, albeit localized, can lead to more episodes of flooding through the end of the spring and perhaps into part of the summer.

Soggy ground and/or high water has planting behind in parts of the Plains and Midwest, according to AccuWeather Agricultural Meteorologist Dale Mohler.

"If the problem persists, some farmers may be forced to plant less productive, shorter-season varieties of corn and other crops," Mohler said.

The Mississippi River has crested or is forecast to crest within a few feet of record stage over a large swath of Iowa and Illinois this week. The record stage at many locations was set during the great floods of 1993, 1965 or 2001.

Faig Mahmudov

Tags: Mississippi River historic floods

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