May 6, 2013 5:04 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)
LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (AP) - The Mississippi River is again flooding about 8,500 acres of farmland in East Carroll Parish's Bunches Bend, which had a huge levee failure in 2011 that wiped out $10 million in crops.
The News-Star reports the 2011 breach on the levee's northern end was fixed, but a gap remains on the southern end where the rising river is depositing water again.
Ted Schneider, who planted 430 acres of corn before the flooding began, says when the river reaches 42 feet everything will be under water. The river is forecast to crest at 43 feet at Vicksburg, Miss., on May 15.
Although this spring's rise will likely destroy the early crops, all isn't lost. If the river recedes by June, farmers say they can plant late soybeans and grain sorghum.