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Jan 29, 2010 7:08 AM

Miss. River levels to top flood stage soon

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Rising water in the Mississippi River will take river levels at Baton Rouge above flood stage in the next two weeks, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service River Forecast Center in Slidell.

River levels are expected to reach their peak or crest at 37 feet on Feb. 12.

Flood stage the level at which water would top a river's natural banks without levees at Baton Rouge is 35 feet. The levees protect the city up to 47 feet.

David Ramirez, senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service River Forecast Center in Slidell, tells The Advocate that the river level depends on rainfall.

Typically, the Mississippi River water levels rise in March when snow melt and other precipitation starts flowing down the river.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com

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