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|Levee official believes this region will weather crisis|
Tensas Basin Levee Board Executive Director John Stringer says northeastern Louisiana "is one of the safer places to be right now" along the Mississippi River valley
He said the Ouachita and Black river basins will face flooding in backwater areas, but he shares confidence with other officials that the mainline Mississippi River levee will hold. Record crests are expected on the river at Vicksburg and Vidalia in the coming days.
Stringer said the Black River at the Jonesville Lock and Dam is expected to crest at 54.5 feet on May 23, 5.3 feet below the crest of 59.7 in 1973. Flood stage is 50 feet.
The Black is expected to crest at 53 feet at Acme. Flood stage is 48 feet. The highest crest recorded was 62.7 feet in 1927.
"I think it's reasonable to assume that this will pass," said Stringer. "Obviously, everybody has some level of concern. We all do when the water gets that high on a levee.
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