Weather Service revises Mississippi crest downward

Deidre Cruse

The National Weather Service now is predicting the Mississippi River to crest at 44.8 feet on Wednesday (May 18), 2.7 feet lower than was predicted before the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway.

The Weather Service had predicted a crest Sunday at 47.5 feet, above the 1927 record level of 47.28 feet. A 44.8-foot crest still would be the second-highest crest recorded since 1927.

As of the last report, the Corps had opened 15 of the 125 bays at the Morganza structure.