The Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department is reporting the front-line levee between Birds Point – New Madrid is closed to traffic until the river stages return to below 43 feet at Cairo and 34 feet at New Madrid. This is to prevent any unnecessary strain on the levee, as well as to minimize stress to wildlife displaced by high water. Persons riding on the levee may be cited for trespassing. The National Weather Service is now predicting the river will crest at 51 feet at Cairo on May 6, which is well above the 40 foot flood stage. At New Madrid the river will reach 47 feet, 14.8 feet above flood stage, on May 7. Currently the Sikeston Department of Public Safety Headquarters is serving as the Region E Multi Agency Coordination Center to assist agencies in coordinating their efforts to battle the flooding. As part of the effort DPS reports it has deployed one boat team to Doniphan to assist with water rescues and evacuations. Numerous agencies are working in conjunction with the State Emergency Management Agency in a concerted effort there and in various parts of the region.