Mississippi River is Risin’ 2011
|Saturday, May 14, 2011 — Photo Courtesy Rusty Johnson of Lake Village, Ark.|
Updated 5/19/2011 @ 12:20 am 5/16/2011 @ 10:50 am 5/14/2011 @ 11:25 am; 5/10/2011 @ 12:30 pm and @ 8:20 pm
Lakeport is on dry land, but over the levee, just 800 feet away, the flood waters are nearing their crest.
They are expected to reach their peak on Sunday, May 15th. Revised to May 17. 16 and back to May 17 again to 64.5′. The river has crested, see MS Levee Board News below:
The Corps of Engineers, at a meeting at the Chicot County Courthouse in Lake Village on 5/9/11 and 5/10/11 (the ones I attended), assured citizens that the levees are holding up and they are designed to withstand this historic flood. These informational meetings will be held every day at the Chicot County Courthouse at 4 pm until further notice.
A few other points the Corps made:
- Levee system is in good shape.
- Fields are dry; a few inches of rain will not be a problem.
- The rise
hasslowed this week; has crested, but will be a slow draw down.
- We will have highwater into June. Our northern neighbors are holding a lot of water in their reservoirs that they will eventually have to release.
- the slow drop in floodwaters prevents the levees from sloughing
- There is some seepage along levees, but this is normal and not a concern.
- An older levee near Eudora was topped last week by the floodwaters; this levee is not part of the mainline levees.
- No water is or can be pumped into Lake Chicot. The pumping station at Lake Chicot is NOT designed to pump water into the lake–just out of it.
- Levees perpendicular to each other (directly across the river) have the same elevation.
- Sand boils are being monitored; they know where they are historically and none are considered a threat at this time.
- boils that are moving clear water are not a threat. boils that are moving material/dirt/sand are.
- it takes a lot of movement of material to consider them a threat.
- Watch for wildlife that have been displaced from their habitat by the flood.
- Gov. Beebe has activated the National Guard to help watch the levees in Desha and Chicot counties.
3070 Guardsmen will be in the counties.
- Good internet resources:
- Media reports in Chicot County
- KATV — Floodwaters Rising in southeast Arkansas, Mississippi (5/15/2011)
- KATV — River cresting Sunday [not sure if that day is accurate] in Desha, Chicot Counties (5/15/2011)
- Huffington Post (in Greenville, MS) — At Epicenter of Past River Flood, A Town On Edge (5/14/2011)
- KATV –Chicot County Almost Out of The Water, Levee Holding (5/13/2011)
- Delta Farm Press — Anxiety rises with river levels on Mississippi (5/9/2011)
- Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith) — Members Of 188th Assist With Flood Relief (5/14/2011)
- THV — Arkansas National Guard heads to Chicot County for flood preps (5/13/2011)
- The levees are fine.
In the Spring of 2008 the Mississippi River also rose and neared the top of the levee. The 2011 flood waters are expected to be 7.1 feet hight than 2008 (see Press Release below).
|April 5, 2008 — Lakeport can be seen to the Right.|
|Levee reinforcements at Lakeport, April 1927 — House in background — Photo is Courtesy Library of Congress.|