Cold winter water cuts Mississippi flood stages
VICKSBURG, Miss. - Flood forecasters say Mississippi River crest predictions continue to fall in part because cold water and sand are more compact than the warmer water of a spring flood.
National Weather Service hydrologist Marty Pope said Wednesday that means more water can move through the river's channel than could during a typical spring flood. Along with waters held back behind dams upstream and low levels of rainfall, the cold, compact water has contributed to repeated lowering of predictions.
Still, dozens of residents have evacuated homes in and around Vicksburg. Eugene Ross moved out of his home in northern Vicksburg two weeks ago.
But while some low-lying homes have flooded, Friday's crest at Vicksburg is likely to be about 4 feet lower than predicted 10 days ago. That means damage will be less.