The Mississippi River at Cairo, Ill., at the confluence with the Ohio River, stood at 53.5 feet overnight Sunday, 13.5 feet above flood stage, and it was predicted to crest there May 3 at 60 feet.
The stage at Vicksburg stood at 39.2 feet Monday. It reached 43.3 feet on March 31.
In 1937, the Mississippi River topped out at 53.2 feet. In 2008, the river reached 50.9 feet, the highest since 1973 when it reached 51.6 feet.
The benchmark 1927 flood reached 56.2 feet on today’s gauges.
Pope said that 5 to 8 inches of rain were predicted over the next three days from Read more…