Flood waters begin to recede in Crittenden County - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Flood waters begin to recede in Crittenden County

When the Mississippi River flows over it's banks, it eats up an entire edge of Crittenden County. It's something they have been dealing with there for an extended period of time.
For 45 straight days, the mighty Mississippi has been above flood stage, cresting three days ago around 38 feet. St. Francis Levee District officials said Wednesday that the high water did not created any serious problems, and that their levees worked perfectly.

Now, as the water recedes rapidly, the St. Francis Levee District is expecting some unavoidable issues. Director Rob Rash said some farmers will find they lost entire wheat fields.

The water, he said, will turn up two other problems.
"Driftwood, and you have remains from the river that come down the river and stop on the levee," he said.

Rash said he expected the river to drop back below it's banks shortly after the beginning of May.  At that time, he said, his crews will begin fixing those small slides and cleaning up the debris.

"You have to clean these areas up so we can continue with our maintenance and our standard day-to-day operations," Rash said. "You may have some slides, that sort of thing that has to be maintained and repaired."

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