The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC) released this update on river stage conditions (today).


The lower Mississippi River is falling at all locations and minor flooding should end on the lower Mississippi River by early next week.

The lower Ohio River has fallen almost 20 feet from the peak in March and the reservoirs have plenty of storage for the next rain event.

Heavy rain is forecast for the middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys starting tomorrow through Saturday.  The rainfall should generate another significant rise on the lower Ohio and portions of the lower Mississippi River.


The weather models continue to show a heavy rain event over the middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys for Thursday through Saturday and the official forecast is starting to show rises on the lower Ohio River starting on Sunday. 

The 16 day future rainfall guidance continues to show minor flooding on the lower Ohio River. 

Today’s run is showing Cairo, IL cresting above 44.0 feet for March 31st and remaining above flood through the second week of April.  This crest would be similar to the crest that occurred earlier this month.” (Emphasis applied)