The Mississippi River flood of 2011
May 20, 2011

The colossal flooding along the Mississippi River this year set new records at Natchez and Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the river remains above flood stage from southern Missouri all the way south, where New Orleans is now getting the floodwaters. The river has crested upstream in Baton Rouge.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is using the Morganza Floodway to alleviate pressure on the Mississippi River by diverting floodwaters through the floodway (basically, a shortcut over land) into a separate river basin. Satellite images show that there's a lot of water already making its way across the floodway from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya River.

For an historical perspective on the events this year, the National Weather Service has an interesting history of downstream Mississippi River flooding and its effects in Louisiana.

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last revised May 2011