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Mighty Mississippi Continues to Rise

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Vicksburg, Miss. -

The Mississippi River is expected to crest below flood stage next month. As of Wednesday, the water level stood slightly over 36 feet in Vicksburg.

Greg Raimondo, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, says there's no reason to push the panic button. He believes Vicksburg won't have the same problems it did during the 2011 historic flood. Engineers are checking levees. They say it's too early to think about evacuations, but they're going over contingency plans just in case.

Raimondo says ship traffic is very bad up north, and it's having a minor impact in Vicksburg. He says tow boards are now restricted to 36 barges because of the swift current and high waters.

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