The Mississippi River in Baton Rouge on Monday dipped below the 35-foot flood stage for the first time since May 3.
Flood stage is generally reached when the level of water in the river that would go over the natural banks if the levee wasn’t in place
At 3 p.m., the river stage at Baton Rouge was 34.9 feet, according to the National Weather Service Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.
During this spring’s high water event, the river level reached flood stage of 35 feet in Baton Rouge on March 30, but then fell slightly before rising to flood stage again on May 3. By May 8, the river level in Baton Rouge had hit major flood stage at 40 feet.