Natchez, Mississippi

Mississippi River Natchez Gauge – Record Days Over Flood Stage UPDATED May 21, 2019

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2019 will be a record for the last 80 years, possibly in modern times, for flood stage water in the Lower Mississippi River. Flood stage at the Natchez gauge is 48 feet. The following table shows the years with the largest number of days over flood stage at Natchez since 1940.

 

     Mississippi River, Natchez Gauge

Year                              Days Over Flood Stage, 48 Ft                                                 

Thru May 19, 2019                                      136        22 days over 57 ft

1973                                                              90

1994                                                              81

2018                                                              71

2011                                                              70

1979                                                              70

 

The following table lists the years with a relative measure of the most water over flood stage since 1950. The table is derived by taking each day’s measurement of water 48 feet or higher at Natchez and summing those for each year. For example, a day with the water at 47.7 ft would add zero (0) while a day at 48.5 ft would add 0.5 ft.

 

         Measure of Water Above Flood Stage

                 Five Worst Years since 1950

                            Natchez Gauge

Year                                                    1984 = 100

2019, thru May 19                                                     223

1973                                                                            141

2011                                                                            135

2008                                                                            109

1984                                                                            100

 

Other locations for comparison.

Gauge Location                                 Days above Flood Stage, May 19, 2019

Natchez                                                                             136

Baton Rouge                                                                     132

Greenville                                                                           93

Vicksburg                                                                           80

New Orleans, Carrollton                                                   1

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