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May 10th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Next targets for slow-moving bulge of water: Mississippi, Louisiana

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) - The Mississippi River is cresting at Memphis, forecasters said Tuesday, as attention began turning to flooding concerns in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The slow passing of the bulge of water working its way from north to south along the Mississippi is only the beginning of the end of the siege for Memphis residents, who could be dealing with high water levels into June.

And the struggle is just getting started for residents of Mississippi and Louisiana, where the river is expected to rise over the next few days to levels unseen since 1927.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal predicted Tuesday that as many as 3 million acres of his state could be affected by the flooding.

As has been the case upriver from Missouri south to Tennessee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is predicting its system of levees and flood walls will hold, keeping the river from inundating the small towns and farms that line its banks.

"The system is under stress. It has been under significant stress all along. However, it is operating as designed and intended," said Memphis District Readiness Branch Chief Steve Barry.

"The time of greatest concern has passed. We're in a stable situation," he said about the area around Memphis.

In Tunica, Mississippi, where the river was inching toward a 48-foot crest Tuesday evening, county spokesman Larry Liddell said there's not much anyone can do.

"We're just watching and waiting," he said.

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  1. Martin Borges

    Just heard Anderson's report on the flooding in MS – I am so sorry to see these Americans devastated by flooding, BUT I WISH you would also add the footnote that, "...flood insurance is available to all properties from the National Flood Insurance Program" – call a local insurance agent and you can find out what this covers and how much it costs. The story told of, "... 330 homes that were inundated but only 25 had flood insurance." PLEASE finish the story. Those families who had insurance probably had mortgages that required it, and those who did not have it probably owned their properties free and clear. Those are presumptions on my part but your reporter could have finished the story and filled in the blanks accurately. Thanks.

    May 10, 2011 at 11:42 pm |