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Pride, La and the Mississippi river stages

Question:

I have been following the weather in reference to the flooding.  I live in Pride and I do live in a flood zone.  My yard has flooded in the past but never my house.  On the Weather News Cast they talk about St. Francisville flooding due to the Mississippi River, but what about the low lying areas.  I'm pretty sure that since the Mississippi River will be higher than normal, then the small creeks will also back up.  Will this effect property that has flooded in the past or is this just close to the Mississippi river?  So far the water in the creek by my house has not risen that much.  But I don't want to just sit around and wait until water start coming in my yard to do something either!

Answer:

First and foremost:  for you and your Pride neighbors, there is absolutely nothing for concern regarding the "River Watch" for the Mississippi.  
 
The flooding in St. Francisville is limited to only a very small portion of the town and those are areas that lie along the Mississippi. Truth is, most of St. Francisville has nothing to worry about.
 
Flooding for your area is almost entirely related to the behavior of the Amite, and to a much lesser degree, possibly the upper Comite. True, the Mississippi is high, but virtually NONE of our rivers and creeks in southeast Louisiana dump into the Mississippi . . . for our area, just about all of the creek and streamflow goes into lakes Maurepas & Pontchartrain.
 
For my LSU students, I like to describe the Mississippi River in Louisiana as a "waterway interstate" with no "on ramps" and only a few "off ramps" - in Louisiana, virtually no streamflow goes into the Mississippi (no "on ramps"), but there are a few places -- Old River Control Structure, Plaquemine Locks, Davis Pond and Caernarvon Diversion Structures - that are "off ramps" where a small amount of the Mississippi is diverted out of the main river channel.
 
The only issue is what might happen in the lower Amite when they open the Bonnet Carre Spillway (another, temporary "off ramp" for the Mississippi).  Higher water on the lakes could cause a rise on the lower Amite, but that should not be much of a concern - at least in the short term - for us in EBR.
 
Any flooding in your area is due to "local" big rains, and thus far we've had a fairly normal-to-dry spring.  THAT'S GOOD NEWS for all of us!
 
Hope this helps!
 
Jay Grymes
Chief Meteorologist
WAFB Storm Team

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