Monday, May 9, 2011

Mississippi River Could Crest Monday At Memphis

Forecasters say the Mississippi could crest at Memphis sooner than expected late Monday, but the mayor says the city is ready for it.

Forecaster Joe Lowery of the National Weather Service office in Memphis says it looks like the river is starting to level out and could crest as soon as Monday night at or near 48 feet. Forecasters had previously predicted the crest would come Tuesday — which would be hours later than the new forecast.

Mayor A C Wharton says lessons from past disasters have shown city officials the importance of going door-to-door to warn residents in flood-prone areas. He said there are also stepped up patrols of neighborhoods to prevent looting.

Wharton told the Early Show on CBS that authorities are going back to some areas repeatedly to tell people to leave their homes.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Getting the word out through TV and online isn't enough for Memphis officials who were going door-to-door warning a couple hundred people that they should abandon their homes before they are swamped by waters from the rising Mississippi River.



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