Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Everything's Going Up: Beer, Cigarettes, Gas and Ole Man River!

The average gas price in the US was $3.60 per gallon on March 15, 2011. Cigarettes, in some places, cost between $5.00 - $7.00 per pack. Beer has gone up too.

Now, in Helena, Ole Man River, the mighty Mississippi is on the rise too. Mark Twain once called Helena, "the prettiest situation on the River."

The Mississippi River is a scientific wonder. It starts out about three feet deep at its most shallow point. Its about 200 feet deep in the New Orleans area. The river is very narrow in Minnesota. However, at its widest point, the river is nearly twelve miles wide. According to the National Park Service these are the facts about the river's width:

At Lake Itasca, the river is between 20-30 feet wide, the narrowest stretch for its entire length. The widest part of the Mississippi can be found at Lake Winnibigoshish near Bena, Minnesota, where it is wider than 11 miles. The widest navigable part of the Mississippi is Lake Pepin, where it is approximately two miles wide.

This time of the year, the river rises because of the snow melting in the northern states. The river was at the 43.69 feet mark on yesterday. According to RiverGauges.com, The Mississippi River at Helena, AR as of 7:00 today is at 43.87 feet. Flood stage is at 44.00 feet. The record stage occurred on February 12, 1937, at 60.21 feet.

The pictures show that the river was coming across the road in the Helena River Reach Park where many citizens were out fishing. Many citizens expect the river to completely top the road in the river park today or tomorrow.

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