07 May '11, 2am

Flooding Mississippi River poses dire threats

MEMPHIS (Tennessee) - THE swollen Mississippi River swallowed up farmland and threatened river towns on Friday, as record amounts of water tested a network of levees and reservoirs built since deadly floods in the last century. Police in Memphis, Tennessee, distributed evacuation warnings to nearly 3,000 homes, apartment complexes and businesses that could be in the path of the flood waters seen peaking on Monday. Water lapped onto Beale Street, site of the city's renowned music scene, and threatened homes on Mud Island, a community of about 5,000 residents with a theme park. The advancing crest on the Mississippi River could approach or break records set in 1927 and 1937. The river swelled to 130 km wide during the 1927 flood blamed for up to 1,000 deaths and forcing 600,000 people from their homes. Since the 1927 calamity, billions of dollars have been spent raising leve...

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Pictures: The worst flooding in 70 years along the Mississippi River has swallowed up homes, farms and roads

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straitstimes.com 10 May '11, 8am

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