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Preview of another long flood season in Mississippi?


The South doesn’t need any more rain right now.

Here is what some of the backwater flooding is looking like.

by Leon Pantenburg

It seems like the rain is never going to stop here in Central Mississippi. The ground is saturated, and there has been water standing in my front yard for over a month. More rain is on the way.

“Rainfall totals for all of this week may be in the neighborhood of 1-5 inches,” AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said in a USA Today post on Feb. 20, 2020. “The past 10 days have brought 5-7 inches of rain in the area.”

The Big Black’s backwater flooding started about two miles back from the main channel.

The National Weather Service said, “These rains will be falling across areas of the South that are experiencing historic flooding, exacerbating these flooding conditions. Drier weather is likely Wednesday across the hardest-hit flooding regions of Mississippi, but additional rains may push back into this region late Wednesday night into Thursday.”

The weather service said the greatest likelihood of heavy rain is in a band from eastern Louisiana across central parts of Mississippi and Alabama and into far west Georgia. Flash flood watches were in place across much of the region.

I was driving home from Vicksburg on Feb. 19, and taking my usual meandering route on Fischer Ferry Road to the Natchez Trace. Well over a mile from the main channel of the Big Black River the flooding started. The bridge, which typically is some 20+ feet above the water’s surface, was about 3-4 feet from the rushing water.

We’re expecting historic flooding – again – this spring. And the snowmelt from up north hasn’t even started…

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