Mississippi River levels to drop over next 10 days

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reopened the gates at the Steel Bayou structure as Mississippi River levels continue to drop.

The Corps says in a news release that about 13 feet of water from Steele Bayou will drain over 110,000 acres of land in the lower Yazoo Back water area.

The gates at the Little Sunflower structure are currently open. The Corps will open the Muddy Bayou gates during the next week to allow water levels in Eagle Lake to drop about two feet. Eagle Lake residents and dock owners have endured higher than normal lake levels since mid-February.

Forecasters predict the Mississippi River will fall rapidly over the next seven to 10 days, from 36 feet to about 21 feet on the Vicksburg gage.

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