Mississippi Keeps Rising in Memphis

Evacuees get out ahead of river flooding
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2011 3:46 PM CDT
Mississippi Keeps Rising in Memphis
A house is engulfed by floodwater Saturday in Memphis, Tenn.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It's colorful, but still not the quote you want to hear from your local public affairs officer: "The mighty Mississippi is starting to wrap its arms around us here in Memphis." About 3,000 properties are threatened by the rising river, and authorities were going from house to house in danger zones to get people to higher ground, reports Reuters. The river is expected to crest in Memphis at a near-record 48 feet on Wednesday.

Elvis's resting ground at Graceland is in no danger, and the water was still a half-mile away from tourist hotspots on Beale Street, notes AP. Memphis, Louisiana, and the Mississippi Delta in general are at risk for serious damage over the next few days, though the news is better upstream in Kentucky. (Read more Mississippi River stories.)

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