Officials: As Mississippi River drops, floods still a threat

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As the Mississippi River in New Orleans continues to drop there is still a threat of flooding this spring across a third of the country.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 2:39 PM

NEW ORLEANS (The Times-Picayune) — As the Mississippi River in New Orleans continues to drop there is still a threat of flooding this spring across a third of the country.

The Times-Picayune reports the river dropped below 15 feet last week in the city’s uptown neighborhood at the Carrollton gauge.

The Army Corps of Engineers has changed rules that prohibit construction work on or near the river. It has also dropped river inspections from at least once a day to twice weekly.

Federal forecasters say an increase in rainfall across areas north of Louisiana will pose a threat of high river conditions through May.

Official says highly saturated soil in areas where rainfall might occur will also increase the chances of flooding.

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