ST. FRANCISVILLE — The waters of the Mississippi River, at nearly their peak level, are slowly lapping at Fred Smith’s St. Francisville home.
While it’s a spectacular sight, it’s not unusual for the West Feliciana Parish town to see the water this high. What is unusual is that it’s been this way for a month, The Baton Rouge Advocate reported.
As of Monday afternoon, the river at St. Francisville stood at 51.67 feet, just below its 2011 record crest of 53.48 feet, according to National Weather Service data.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been in flood-fighting mode since October — starting much earlier than usual March — and with the probability of northern snow melt still to come, traveling into an already-high Louisiana waterway, there could be trouble.