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Mississippi River floods force evacuations

Saturday, May 07, 2011 - 01:18

May 6 - Major flooding of the Mississippi River has prompted authorities in and around Memphis, Tennessee to order residents to evacuate. Jon Decker reports.

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In Western Tennessee, the rising Mississippi river lapped over streets in Memphis as a massive wall of water threatened to unleash near record flooding all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Floodwaters washed out the city's popular tourist spot Beale Street, and threatened some homes on Mud Island, which connects to downtown Memphis by a bridge and causeway. Local officials are predicting that the flood could affect close to 3,000 properties if it crests at 48 feet this coming weekend. Memphis Mayor AC Wharton. SOUNDBITE) (English) MEMPHIS MAYOR AC WHARTON, JR. SAYING: "Even though there are predictions that the crest will exceed historic limits, we still will be prepared for that. We're fortunate that Memphis is built up on the bluff, but as you can see here, some of the low-lying areas will experience some water coming on to the streets." Emergency officials in Millington near Memphis were asking people to leave the area. President Barack Obama declared parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee as disaster areas due to flooding. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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Mississippi River floods force evacuations

Saturday, May 07, 2011 - 01:18