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Mississippi River, Yazoo River crests lowered at Vicksburg, Natchez, Yazoo City

UPDATE: Mississippi River at Vicksburg and Natchez finally crests (Photos)

Backwater from Mississippi River forces Yazoo River to flood a home near Yazoo City.
(Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger)

UPDATE: 51 Mississippi counties now under disaster declarations

The National Weather Service in an updated river forecast Wednesday morning lowered the historic crests expected on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg and Natchez over the next few days.

The Mississippi River, which is already at its highest levels ever on record at both Vicksburg and Natchez were lowered from previous forecast crests of 57.5 feet at Vicksburg to a slightly lower crest of 57.1 feet expected on Thursday, while the river crest at Natchez was lowered slightly from 63 feet to 62.5 feet expected on Saturday.

The Mississippi River at Vicksburg surpassed its historic all-time 1927 record of 56.20 feet on Sunday, May 15th and as of early Wednesday, was just over 57 feet at 57.04 feet, near its new forecasted historic crest.

The Mississippi River at Natchez surpassed its historic all-time 1937 record of 58.04 feet last Wednesday, May 11th and as of early Wednesday was near a new historic high water level of 62 feet.

Further north, where the Mississippi River crested at Greenville on Monday at its second highest level on record at 64.22 feet, the river was beginning a slow and gradual fall and was hovering just below 64 feet early Wednesday afternoon.

Yazoo River crest also lowered and crest date changed

The backwater from the Mississippi River, which has already pushed the Yazoo River to its second highest water levels near Yazoo City was also lowered in the latest river crest forecast from the National Weather Service with the projected crest date changed.

Instead on cresting at 39.5 feet on Thursday, May 19th as forecast on Monday, the river is now expected to crest next Monday, May 23rd at 39 feet, four feet shy of its all-time historic 1927 record of 43 feet.

While all of the Mississippi River point locations are expected to have reached their crest by Monday, they are all forecast to remain above flood stage for the remainder of the month into early June.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said there are nearly 5,000 people displaced in Mississippi due to flooding, with more than 2,000 of those residents in the Vicksburg area alone.

The area from Vicksburg northeast to Yazoo City, along the Yazoo River, has seen some of the worst flooding in Mississippi, where dozens of homes and structures have taken on water with several roads closed and underwater.

A 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez, which was closed on Monday as a result of worsening flood concerns was reopened late on Tuesday.

Fourteen Mississippi counties along the Mississippi River and its tributaries are under a major disaster declaration.

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