The Mississippi River is rising and the city of Clarksville needs sandbagging volunteers immediately. The river was at 27.3 feet at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 18 and is expected to rise to 35 feet — ten feet above flood stage — by Monday morning, April 22.
“It’s coming up fast,” said city Emergency Management Officer Kathy Weiss. “We don’t have time to put the flood wall, so we’re building a rock wall along Front Street with sandbags.”
Volunteers should sign in at the Clarksville City Hall, 111 Howard St. They will be directed to assignments from there. Volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves, boots and protective rain gear.
Meanwhile, Louisiana is expecting floods in the south section of town as well. The Abel’s Convenience Store was being evacuated Thursday morning and workers were removing all the stock and counters. M.S. Parrish Construction was also moving equipment out of its shop at the corner of Delaware and Sixth Street.
More rain is predicted for today by the National Weather Service. No rain is currently being forecast for Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21. However, there will be a 30 to 50 percent chance of rain on Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25.