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South Delta residents’ hopes eroding as severely as Highway 465



Erosion of Highway 465 at Eagle Lake. [photo courtesy Chuck Fisher]

With the Mississippi River predicted to crest tomorrow, Eagle Lake residents are hopeful that the River will soon fall to a point that will allow the gates on the Steele Bayou Control Structure to be reopened.

Area resident Chuck Fisher captured a drone video this morning showing State Highway 465 is experiencing erosion issues south of the Old Gin in the big curve. With the highway near the lake almost three-quarters covered in water, it remains to be seen how severe the damage is.

The Mississippi Levee Board is encouraging residents to travel the Mainline Levee today and possibly tomorrow so crews can grade and add some slag in problem areas.

With more rainfall predicted next week, the optimism of South Delta residents is eroding faster than the roads. The Yazoo Backwater is predicted to crest between 95.8 feet and 96 feet, according to the Mississippi Levee Board. At 96 feet there will be 470,000 total acres flooded including 183,000 acres of cropland.

Current predictions call for 90% certainty of rainfall from Tuesday night into Wednesday with the rain likely to start on Monday. Because the ground is already saturated, these storms are forecast to bring some flash flooding and severe conditions with them.

The National Weather Service is currently predicting a slight risk of severe conditions, but also says it’s early, yet, and folks should check predictions often.

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