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Area River Flooding

3 years ago February 20, 2012 Feb 20, 2012 Monday, February 20 2012 Monday, February 20, 2012 8:42:51 AM CST in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather Center, NWS
By: Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum

Due to the heavy rain we had over the weekend, area rivers have risen to or just over their banks.  This includes part of the Comite, Amite, Tickfaw and Tangipahoa Rivers.  

As of this morning, the Comite River at Joor Road has now fallen below the 20 foot flood stage.  

The Amite River in Denham Springs is at 30.6 feet as of 9 AM.  This is above the flood stage of 29.0 feet.  The river will rise to 31.2 feet by this evening, and then it will fall below flood stage by Wednesday Morning.  River Road will be under water at this level.  A River Flood Warning is in effect until further notice.

The Amite River at Bayou Manchac Pointe is at 7.8 feet, and that still below the flood stage of 9.0 feet.  The river is forecast to crest at 10.0 feet by early Wednesday Morning.  It will fall below flodo stage by Wednesday Evening.  At 10.0 feet, Amite River Road and Horseshoe Drive will be impassable and properties along Bayou Manchac will flood.  A River Flood Warning is in effect until further notice.

The Tickfaw River in Holden is at 11.7 feet as of 8:30 AM Monday.  Flood stage is 15.0 feet, and it is forecast to crest below flood stage at 14.5 feet by Tuesday Afternoon.  

The Tickfaw River in Montpelier is at 12.6 feet as of 8:30 AM Monday.  Flood stage is 13.0 feet, and the river has crested below the flood stage.  It is expected to fall to 8.3 feet by Thursday Morning.

Lastly, the Tangipahoa River at Robert is at 17.2 feet.  The flood stage is 15.0 feet.  The river is forecast to rise to 17.9 feet by Midnight tonight.  Low places along Highway 22 south of Robert will be under water.  Water will also approach the entrance road of Hidden Oaks Campground.  A River Flood Warning is in effect until further notice.

Check out this link from the NWS for the latest river stages:  http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc/?n=amite/comiteriversandlakepontchartrainbasins

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