National forecast for Wednesday, January 15 Heavy rain in recent days across the Southeast led officials along the Mississippi River to activate an emergency watch as high waters threatened another dam in the state. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District announced Tuesday that it closed the gates of Steele Bayou Control Structure, about 10 miles north of Vicksburg , Miss., due to forecasted high water . “We are currently experiencing higher-than-normal water stages across the region. We’ve activated our Emergency Operations Center to monitor the forecasted flows and its impacts on our infrastructure,” Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard said in a statement. “The district has begun and will continue to work with its local, state and federal partners.” FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY IN MISSISSIPPI, DAM IN ‘IMMINENT DANGER’ OF FAILING Officials said that heavy rainfall over the past week and the ‘rapidly rising" Mississippi River require the Steele Bayou Control Structure’s gates to be closed. According to forecasts by the National Weather Service , the Mississippi River is expected to reach flood […]