The Mississippi River at Louisiana and Clarksville was just slightly over flood level on Thursday, June 27, but the National Weather Service is predicting the river to start rising again Friday, June 28 and keep rising through 4th of July.
Water levels are predicted to hit 20.7 feet Tuesday in Louisiana and 31.3 feet in Clarksville and “additional rises are likely thereafter,” the weather service said.
Although sporadic showers and thunderstorms are expected in Pike County between Thursday, June 27 and Wednesday, July 3, heavy recent rains in the northern Mississppi River basin pushed the weather service to issue a flood warning here.
In Louisiana, Maryland Street between Fourth Street and Hwy. 79 starts flooding at 20.2 feet, according to the weather service. Hwy. 79 begins flooding at Delaware and Alabama streets at 20 feet.
In Clarksville, Front Street begins flooding at 31 feet. Hwy. 79 at the south end of ton begins flooding at 30 feet.
Despite the flood threat, the annual Louisiana Chamber of Commerce said the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration at the riverfront is still scheduled with no changes,
but chamber officials are monitoring the river.
See this website and the Louisiana Press-Journal Facebook page for updates as the flood water start to rise.