Recent rains have made the Mississippi River rise at Louisiana and Clarksville but the National Weather Service (NWS) is not predicting any major flooding.
The river is projected to crest at 16.5 feet in Louisiana some time after noon on Thursday, May 15. Flood level is 15 feet at Louisiana and the parking lot at the Boat Club floods at 17 feet, according to the NWS. Hwy. 79 starts flooding at Delaware and Alabama Street at 20 feet. The river was at 15.4 feet at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 8.
At Clarksville, the river measured at 25.3 feet on Thursday night and is expected to crest at next Thursday at 26.6 feet. The road to Port Marmac begins flooding at 25.3 feet. The river has to reach 27.2 feet to flood Silo Park along Hwy. 79 north of town and reach 29 feet before it enters Clarksville’s Riverfront Park.
The NWS is predicting a slight chance of more showers today, Friday, May 9 and a 30 to 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through next Thursday.
The photo here is the branch of Noix Creek at the south end of Louisiana that backs up when high waters come.