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|Rising Mississippi not expected to impact parish|
While residents are being told to remain vigilant, government officials say that there is little chance the rising Mississippi River will flood homes in Franklin Parish.
Officials predict that the greatest danger to homes in Franklin Parish would be a a breech of levees at Wilson Point north of Lake Providence in East Carroll Parish.
The National Weather Service forecasts the river to crest there at 53 feet on May 25. Levees are expected to hold the river at those levels, according to the the Army Corps of Engineers.
Even if there were a breech, it would take water at least a week to reach Franklin Parish, said Mitch Reynolds, regional director for the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
"The parish is safe and cannot be flooded by the Mississippi, barring a catastrophic event," Reynolds said. "Flooding in Franklin Parish is mostly caused by heavy rains and backwater from the Boeuf River and not from the Mississippi."
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