The Mississippi River has Crested Just Shy of Record

On Tuesday, May 10th, the Mississippi River crested at almost forty eight feet, just shy of the all time record of forty eight point seven feet during the 1927 flood. The river reached its crest at 2 a.m. CDT. It is suppose to stay at this level for the next twenty four to thirty six hours. By cresting, this means that the river is not going to get any higher but it is still going to take weeks for the water to get back to a normal level so clean up can begin.

The areas that were the hardest hit was of course the low lying neighborhoods but the Vicksburg cemetery where there are many Civil War soldiers buried appears to be on high enough ground that the graves are not going to affected. This massive flooding has forced hundreds of people from their homes. Fortunately the levees held so the famous musical landmarks are also safe. This covers Beale Street to Graceland.
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One of the worse hit areas was the Mississippi Delta, which are flatlands that stretch about two hundred miles. It covers from Memphis to Vicksburg and is where farmers had to build homemade levees to help protect their crops. A lot of the farm area that was submerged under water was the rice fields.

The five thousand inmates of Louisiana’s largest prison had to be evacuated to higher ground. The prison has not flooded since the 1927. The Mississippi river borders the prison on three sides.

Flooded river taking aim at Mississippi Delta
Washington Times, on Wed, 11 May 2011 06:00:36 -0700

The Pyramid Arena sits protected by a flood wall from the swollen Mississippi River on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Memphis, Tenn. The Mississippi crested in Memphis at nearly 48 feet on Tuesday, falling short of its all-time record but still soaking 

Mississippi River Morganza Spillway opening should be a natural disaster …

NOLA.com, on Wed, 11 May 2011 06:00:29 -0700

By AP Louisiana’s top agriculture officials says opening a spillway north of Baton Rouge to ease pressure on the swollen Mississippi River levees will flood thousands of acres of farm land and should be considered a natural disaster. 

I-40 westbound could open today; many other Arkansas roads closed
The Trucker, on Wed, 11 May 2011 05:59:19 -0700

This photo looks east from West Memphis, Ark., toward Memphis, Tenn., where Interstate 40 crosses the Mississippi River. The water’s edge is normally at the tree line on the west side of the river. (Associated Press: DANNY JOHNSTON) LITTLE ROCK, 

 

Across The Delta, Folks ‘Watch In Awe’ As Rivers Rise
Vermont Public Radio, on Wed, 11 May 2011 05:56:51 -0700

As NPR’s Debbie Elliott told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep today, in parts of Mississippi, folks are flocking down to the levees “to watch in awe” as waters rise in the mighty Mississippi River and its tributaries. Debbie, who’s been reporting 

 

Mississippi Hotels – Mississippi Hotels Protected By Mississippi River From …
Star Global Tribune (press release), on Wed, 11 May 2011 05:56:47 -0700

Harrah’s Tunica amenities are not affected by rising Mississippi River levels and will remain open and functioning while Tunica casino operations temporarily close. The Mid-South Convention Center, Veranda Hotel, Terrace Hotel, Bellissimo Spa,