Took a ride to see the Mississippi River. It’s on pace to rise up to near flood-stage heights. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, rainfall upriver and in the Mississippi Valley have fed the river’s growth. The river is projected to rise to 16.5 feet above sea level, just shy of the official flood stage of 17 feet for New Orleans. The levee system is built to protect the city if the river crests up to 20 feet. That’s reassuring given my Puch Maxi does not have pontoons.