Mississippi River floods impact roads, highways

Jan. 6, 2016

Flooding along the Mississippi River continues to create challenges for the transportation sector. Here is a roundup of some of the most recent television coverage of the 2015/2016 winter flooding along the river:

  • Record Mississippi River flooding along after torrential post-Christmas weekend rain has sent the Mississippi River to levels not seen since the Great Flood of 1993, according to the Weather Channel. Flood waters will continue to rise downstream into mid-January threatening roads and highways throughout the region.    www.weather.com/news/news/mississippi-river-flooding-december-2015
  • Mississippi public television reported that the Mississippi River was already threatening low-lying areas in the Vicksburg area.  Vicksburg is forty-three feet above sea level. The Mississippi River is expected to crest at 52.5 feet by January 15, and the water is steadily rising. Roads and highways in the area could be impacted. http://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/mississippiedition/mississippi-edition-tuesday-january-5th/
  • KTLA reported that deadly flooding across America’s heartland will be around for weeks to come as the Mississippi River surges south. http://ktla.com/2016/01/04/more-major-flooding-expected-as-mississippi-river-continues-to-rise/
  • Bloomberg reported that the Mississippi River floods have forced the closure of numerous petroleum pipeline terminals. Grain shipments also have been adversely impacted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-30/floods-shutting-midwest-oil-pipeline-seen-worsening-record-glut