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Melting snow and rainfall is a concern for the Mississippi River

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Towboat banks barge on western bank of Mississippi after barge struck the railroad bridge (foreground) next to the I-20 bridge, Vicksburg, Ms. (Jan 2013) // Source: AP Towboat banks barge on western bank of Mississippi after barge struck the railroad bridge (foreground) next to the I-20 bridge, Vicksburg, Ms. (Jan 2013) // Source: AP

VICKSBURG, Miss. (KNOE 8 News) - A few months ago, we were talking about dangerous low water levels for the Mississippi River, now it's the opposite.

Forecasters say the river near Vicksburg may reach the flood stage of 43 feet By as early as next week. Experts say the continued rain along the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys and snow in the upper Midwest are causing the rise.

The Natchez area may reach a flood stage by next week as well.

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