Mississippi River rising to ‘near historic’ level as ‘catastrophic’ flooding possible on Arkansas River

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Travis Fedschun
Fox News

Flooding that’s already spawned months of misery across the Midwest is expected to grow even worse this week when several major rivers are forecast to approach record levels, potentially leading to catastrophic damage in the surrounding communities.

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center warned of a moderate risk of excessive rainfall in portions of Iowa, Missouri and Illinois on Tuesday and Wednesday, with 5-to-7 inches of precipitation expected across the region.

“Flood advisories are in effect, watches and warnings in some of the same neighborhoods we have been talking about for month,” Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Tuesday on “FOX & friends.” “They can’t take any more rainfall and all of that is going to go downstream.”

All of the rain pouring into the areas is draining into major rivers, sending water levels soaring to near-record territory.

The NWS St. Louis office said the Mississippi River is projected to swell to a crest of 44 feet in St. Louis this week, which would be the second-highest it’s been in recorded history. The only greater mark was recorded in 1993 when the river was 5 1/2 feet higher.

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