Mississippi, Arkansas River Flooding Latest: Flash-flood Risk in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri Rising With Heavy Rains Expected

Flood warnings continue for the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers, with snowmelt expected to contribute to the heavy rainfall seen over the past month. The National Weather Service (NWS), advised that flood warnings would continue for South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado and Kansas until Thursday morning.

Mississippi River Missouri Flooding June 2019
Floodwater from the Mississippi River rises around a home on June 1, 2019 in Old Monroe, Missouri. The middle-section of the country has been experiencing major flooding since mid-March especially along the Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi Rivers. Towns along the Mississippi River have been experiencing the longest stretch of major flooding from the river in nearly a century. Getty/Scott Olson

NWS Pueblo in Colorado released a statement that the Arkansas River at Canon City, which has already seen flooding, will be subject to rising levels due to snowmelt flooding. This will affect Fremont County. The Rio Grand River near Del Norte is also prone to snowmelt, affecting Rio Grande County. The warning forecasts that Del Norte will have minor flooding with the current stage showing as 5.4 feet, and the flood stage at 5.5 feet. It is predicted to rise by the early morning to near 5.8 feet by early Thursday afternoon.

The Arkansas River at Canon City, Colorado, is forecast to get minor flooding by Friday afternoon, with the current stage at 9.4 feet, and the flood stage at 10 feet. Water levels will rise above flood stage to near 10.2 feet by early Saturday afternoon, with minor overbank flow occurring for low-lying areas along the river.

In Kansas, flood warnings are in place for the following streams: Big Blue River near Blue Rapids affecting Marshall County; Black Vermillion River at Frankfort affecting Marshall County; and Fancy Creek near Randolph affecting Riley County. At Big Blue River, the stage was at 54.1 feet; the flood stage is 26 feet. Moderate flooding will affect Marysville to Tuttle Creek Lake.

In Illinois, flood warnings continue for the Illinois River at La Grange Lock and Dam, Meredosia, Valley City and Hardin, based on precipitation projections for the next 24 hours. Missouri is also on alert for floods at Grand River near Brunswick, Missouri River at Glasgow. The Missouri River itself at St Joseph, Atchison, Leavenworth, Parkville, Sibley, Napoleon, Waverly, Miami and Boonville will affect surrounding counties.

The Mississippi River is under flood warnings near Arkansas City, Greenville, Vicksburg and Natchez. This will affect surrounding counties. At Natchez, the river has moved passed the flood stage of 48 feet, at 57.4 feet as of 8:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday. The river will continue slowly rise to 57.7 feet around Saturday.

NWS advises all residents affected by these flood warnings to not drive or walk through roadways covered in water, as it may be deeper than it appears. Residents should also check in with their local police departments, sheriffs or emergency management departments for updated information on evacuation or other precautionary measures.

We finally have some clear skies today which means we are able to see the Yazoo Backwater area perfectly clear.

Over 500,000 acres of land is currently flooded including nearly 225,000 acres of crop land, displacing countless people from their homes. #MSwx #YazooBackwater pic.twitter.com/mkIBxz1LhN

— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) June 12, 2019

7 day QPF has high rainfall totals across areas that have already received more than enough. Not good for Arkansas River basin. #arwx pic.twitter.com/Eq5SVAvTH3

— Austin Burkes (@AustinBurkeswx) June 13, 2019

According to @NWSABRFC data, the Arkansas River at Muskogee fell just below minor flood stage of 28 ft this morning.

Looking back at the data, this looks to be the first time since May 21st the river has been below minor flood stage at that spot. That's 22 days straight! #okwx pic.twitter.com/5g8r4ws5sb

— Stephen Nehrenz (@StephenNehrenz) June 12, 2019

Water line is right above the door where the Arkansas River flooded north of Paris AR. pic.twitter.com/HqEqD68o5M

— James Thompson (@thompjptoot) June 12, 2019

A section of the Arkansas River Trail, east of the Jimerson Creek Bridge has caved in as a result of the flood. Public Works will be out Thursday to inspect the area. Please avoid any area blocked by barricades. pic.twitter.com/tWqkibzEZf

— Little Rock Parks (@LRParksRec) June 12, 2019

The Flood Warning continues for the Arkansas River at Canon City. Snowmelt will continue to bring high water to the area through the weekend. Stay away from the banks of rivers and streams. Banks can easily break off and fall into potentially deadly, fast flowing, flood water.

— Cañon City, Colorado (@CanonCityGov) June 12, 2019