The Mississippi River water levels today average about 43.5 feet at the Greenville gauge.
At 44 feet, Lower Lake Ferguson Road goes under water but Upper Lake Ferguson road won't go under water until the river reaches 50 feet.
Peter Nimrod, The Chief Engineer of the Mississippi Levee Board said weather conditions have kept Mississippi river water levels at around 40 feet for the last four or five months.
"You have these tropical storms and hurricanes that started hitting the Gulf coast, and the east coast, and they were all contributing water to the Mississippi River so we went from near normal water levels during the summer to basically 20% above average during the fall." Said, Chief Engineer of the Mississippi Levee Board, Peter Nimrod.
These above average levels never allowed the Delta to get the storage back into the river.
"Now, the National Weather Services have updated their forecast and they've come up with Greenville getting to 49 feet on January 16th. That's just one foot above flood stage so its not a big deal but the problem is going to be on the river side. People live on the river side or work on the river side. Accessing is going to be becoming cut off and its going to become hard to work with." Said, Chief Engineer of the Mississippi Levee Board, Peter Nimrod.
That means residents and workers working or living in the Lower Lake Ferguson area might need to use boats, and hunting may be put on hold.
"Also when you get to flood stage in the January time frame, all of sudden the Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks might actually cut of the deer hunting season. So that'll be a detriment to our hunters out there who enjoy hunting on the river side of the levee, so a lot these thing are bad but as far as being on the protective side of the levee we see no problem what so ever with 49 feet at all." Said, Chief Engineer of the Mississippi Levee Board, Peter Nimrod.
Nimrod said he'll continue keeping an eye on water levels especially with the rainfall the Delta is expected to get over the next couple of weeks. He said the river could easily slide up to 51 feet which could mean no vehicle access to homes on the bank of Lake Ferguson.
"No one needs to worry that something bad is going to happen. It will be an inconvenience for those living on the river side though." Said, Chief Engineer of the Mississippi Levee Board, Peter Nimrod.
If the flooding does reach the 51 feet mark, residents, Nimrod said Lake residents can still boat in.