Mississippi River to crest lower

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The Mississippi River, which for days has been forecast to have a sudden surge in height in the New Orleans area, is now forecast to barely increase, and to stay well within the limits of its levees.

According to the National Weather Service, it appears the storm-surge influenced crest has already happened, and it didn't even exceed 17 feet. Forecasters were expecting a crest of 19 feet tomorrow, and at one point had expected it to jump to 20 feet, very near the top of the rive levee at some of its lower points.

The Mississippi River is now forecast to crest at about 17 feet, 2 feet lower than predicted. Levees protect up to 20 feet. Storm surge has passed, meaning risk of overtopping is minimal. #NOLAready pic.twitter.com/VjsAVl27RX

— NOLA Ready (@nolaready) July 13, 2019

The forecast now predicts a maximum of 17.1 feet at the Carrollton gauge in New Orleans, and not until Monday. Forecasters say that small bump in the river level will happen as a result of the rainfall going into the river as Barry continues on its path north.