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After 148 Days, Mississippi River Falls Below Major Flood Stage

25 Jul 2019, 4:27 pm

The Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, LA had been in major flood stage for 148 days…until Wednesday. On July 24th, 2019 the river level at Baton Rouge dropped below the 40 foot level. Above 40 feet is major flood stage. Below 40 feet is moderate flood stage, until 38 feet (and below) which is minor flood stage. Any level below 35 feet is under the flood stage mark.

The reason this is impressive is that it shatters the previous record for prolonged flooding of the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge. As of Thursday, July 25th the river at Baton Rouge had been in flood stage for a consecutive 201 days! The previous-longest flood stretch was 135 straight days back in 1927, according to the National Weather Service office in New Orleans.

We would love to impress you with all of the statistics about this flooding event, but we don’t want to steal the show. NWS New Orleans provided an in-depth Twitter thread on the subject. We’d like to thank them for the information and show you their tweets:

Twitter threat courtesy NWS New Orleans on Twitter

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier