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Baton Rouge residents keep close watch on the Mighty Mississippi

Posted: 8:17 PM, Jul 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-12 21:17:03-04
Baton Rouge residents prepare

Baton Rouge residents are keeping an eye on the already high Mississippi River, but are enjoying the sun while they can.

Mikayla Moss, a student at LSU, was found reading a book on the riverfront.

"I don't know how long it will be until we see the sun again. I'm just coming here to relax and read my book. It's peaceful."

Moss says at this point, she isn't too worried about Barry's impacts, saying "we've made it through worse."

Lifelong Baton Rouge resident Preston Barnes shares a similar sentiment, but said he believes it's always best to be prepared.

"Tropical storms are nothing to play with," Barnes said, adding that he knows the risks of living in Baton Rouge.

Barnes also said that he was initially concerned about the Mississippi topping the levee.

"I was a little concerned at first because when you look at it from the bridge, it looks more severe. After coming down here, I feel more comfortable about it."

The Mississippi River is quite high, but the "Baton Rouge" letters have become slightly more visible than before, which is a good sign before Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall.