May 18, 2019

Mississippi River on verge of breaking record for longest period in flood stage at Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA
USA
by
Steve Hardy
,
The Advocate
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Morganza Control Structure, seen Wednesday May 15, 2019. Photo: Travis Spralding, Advocate
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Morganza Control Structure, seen Wednesday May 15, 2019. Photo: Travis Spralding, Advocate

The last time the Mississippi River was this high for this long, it prompted the federal government to build the modern levee system.

The river has been in flood stage for months, and on Tuesday, will hit 136 days in flood stage at Baton Rouge, breaking the record set in 1927.

What's more, the river is still in major flood stage and rising, though held in place by the levees. Meteorologists say they expect it will stay in flood stage "well into summer."