Corps: Missouri River flooding won't cause more Birds Point flooding

(KFVS) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts the Missouri River flooding will not cause additional flooding in the Birds-Poin News Madrid Floodway without another significant rain event.

The latest 28-day forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that Missouri River flooding will not cause additional flooding on the Lower Mississippi River.

With no additional rains, Missouri River flows where the river enters the Upper Mississippi will be approximately 200,000 to 225,000 cubic feet per second for the next 25 days, according to the Corps.

With the declining flows on the Ohio and Upper Mississippi River, and a 10-13 days travel time from Gavins Point to Cairo, the NWS projects river levels at Cairo will continue to fall.

The NWS also estimated that to turn Cairo back above flood stage would require a widespread area of 5 to 7 inch rains over the lower Missouri, middle Mississippi, and or middle/lower Ohio.

The Corps will continue to monitor the conditions this month and thru the rest of the year and advise the public if the situation changes.

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