Mississippi River Flooding 2019: Latest Map Shows Dozens of Areas in Flood Along Basin in Illinois, Missouri

Flood warnings remain in effect for several regions along the Mississippi River this week after mounting disruption from heavy rains, weather experts say.

The National Weather Service's prediction center said today that conditions remain unsettled as warnings were issued for portions of the Southern/Central Plains and Mississippi Valley. Forecasts showed dozens of cases of flooding—still impacting the Missouri River, Illinois River, Ohio River, Arkansas River and both the upper and lower Mississippi River.

"The slow-moving system that has brought multiple rounds of heavy rain to portions of the Southeast will [bring] moderate to heavy rains with possible flash flooding farther north into the northern Mid Atlantic and Northeast on Monday into early Tuesday," an advisory read.

"Conditions across the Southeast will remain unsettled as the front remains in place, with a series of weak surface lows supporting [more] showers and storms through midweek. Showers and storms associated with a developing low pressure system are forecast to return and progress east across the northern Plains into the upper Midwest Tuesday and Wednesday."

The vast Mississippi River—the second longest river in North America—swirls past or through a number of U.S. states, including Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Iowa.

The flooding threat comes after Bloomberg reported that hundreds of barges on the river have been stalled and railways and roads closed as a result of the turbulent weather conditions. On social media, videos and images have been posted showing devastation caused by floods.

According to the Twitter account for the National Weather Service in St. Louis, the Mississippi River crested at 46.02 feet in the city yesterday—which it said was the second highest crest in history, falling approximately 3.5 feet short of the record, which took place in 1993. "Of the 12 major crests, half have occurred in the past six years," the regional account confirmed.

Despite warnings of potential floods, river levels in Missouri, Illinois and Mississippi appear to be falling. "Those who have been directly impacted by the flooding are urged to continue to listen to local authorities for information and instructions," the NWS said.

Last week, residents in Missouri and Illinois were forced to evacuate their homes as river levels swelled and dozens of roads were closed in the region. "Something has changed," the governor of Missouri, Mike Parson, told local media at the time. "We all know that these floods are happening more than what they have in the past."

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Flooding from the Mississippi River inundates a neighborhood on June 7 in Grafton, Illinois. Residents along Mississippi river are bracing themselves for the expected arrival of the crest at near record levels. Getty/Michael B. Thomas
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