After reaching historically high water levels in the mid to latter half of May, the Mississippi River is now below flood stage along all of the major city points in Mississippi.
The river finally fell below its last major point at Natchez on Wednesday after rising to a new historic high of 61.90 feet May 19th, nearly 14 feet above its flood stage of 48 feet.
As of early Thursday afternoon, the Mississippi River at Natchez was at a stage of 47.1 feet.
The Mississippi River at Vicksburg and near Greenville fell below flood stage last week.
As of early Thursday afternoon, the Mississippi River at Vicksburg was at a stage of 37.8 feet, more than five feet below its flood stage of 43 feet. At Greenville, the river was at a stage of 38.64 feet, more than nine feet below its flood stage of 48 feet.
The Mississippi River had risen to its all-time highest water level ever at Vicksburg of 57.10 feet on May 19th and its second highest water level on record at Greenville of 64.20 feet on May 16th.
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This year’s flooding tested the limits of Mississippi’s $13 billion levee system as the river rose to levels not seen since the 1920s in some places.
Seventeen out of the 19 casinos along the Mississippi River were forced to close as the river rose.
The area from Vicksburg northeast to Yazoo City, along the Yazoo River, experienced some of the worst flooding in Mississippi, where dozens of homes and structures took on water with several roads closing and underwater.
Backwater from the Mississippi River, pushed the Yazoo River to its second highest water levels on record near Yazoo City of 38.70 feet, 4.3 feet shy of its all-time historic 1927 record of 43 feet. The river has since fallen below its flood stage of 28 feet as of early Wednesday morning with a stage of 27.4 feet.
One death was attributed to the historic flooding in the Vicksburg area, where about 200 homes flooded with more inundated in surrounding Warren County and other low spots on the unprotected side of the levees.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said nearly 5,000 people were displaced in Mississippi due to the historic flooding, with more than 2,000 of those residents in the Vicksburg area alone.
More than half of Mississippi was under disaster declarations including 14 counties along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.