Mississippi River riding high - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mississippi River riding high


If you have ventured down to Mud Island or Tom Lee Park in Memphis, you may have noticed the river is on the high side.

Check out some of the photos by our own Meteorologist Brittney Bryant. 

Flood stage is 34 feet. The river level in Memphis has been steady at 32 feet over the past several days. At 34 feet, the camp on Robinson Road in Arkansas right inside the levee is totally flooded.

Roads to industries inside the levee south of West Memphis are flooding. If it goes up to 36 feet, in Tennessee, the water is edged onto the Fullen Dock Area. Roads on the north side of the Loosahatchie River near its mouth will begin to flood. Riverside Park Marina begins to flood.

Photo By WMC Meteorologist Brittney Bryant

Photo By WMC Meteorologist Brittney Bryant

Typically, the river is down in the summer months due to the lack of widespread rain. But, we have had several rain events in June and July here across the Mid-South and especially to our north in the Midwest and the northern plains.  That creates a lot of runoff and feeds more water into the river.

The forecast from the Hydrologic Prediction Service is for it to remain steady over the next few days. So if you plan to hang out down by the river and you notice it’s a little high, now you know!

Spencer Denton
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