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River Watchers Keeping An Eye On MIssissippi River Levels

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With all the weather and news reports coming out about the heavy rains and even more snow for the upper Mississippi River Valley and the Spring snow falling in Colorado, Mid-Southerners are asking if they need to worry.

"There is a reason to keep an eye on it. I think you know of the recent snows that we've had over the Midwest that is going to have its impact on the upper basin of the Mississippi. You always have to remember around here we have the Ohio River we have to keep an eye on as well and the upper Mississippi," Jimmy Ogle said.  

Here at Memphis the river is on the rise. Jimmy Ogle is one of those people who not only watches the river he knows the history of it as well.

"It has risen 20 feet in 22 1/2 days and some big jumps each night. Three to four feet a night," Ogle said.

"But again it is a big river system and we will see some impact here in the Mid-South. We are forecasting a number of our areas to go to flood stage right now. Not forecasting that right here in Memphis although we are getting very close. We will keep an eye on that," Jim Belles with the National Weather Service said.

With good reason. Almost half of the United States rivers and streams find their way into the Mississippi River.

The big question is will the Memphis in May BBQ festival be okay this year?

"Dry. Totally dry," Ogle said.

The National Weather Service did leave the door open to other possibilities but also agreed another high water situation like a couple of years ago it almost totally our of the question.

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