Severe flooding could potentially raise Mississippi River levels to record highs.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projects the river to rise to 48.5 feet, less than 6 inches under the record set by the New Year Flood of 2015-16 (48.9 feet).
The level is projected to be just .01 feet higher than the levels set back in 1993 (48.49 feet).
Rainfall later in the week could also potentially raise that projection.
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