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Mississippi rising threatens Memphis residents

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Mississippi rising threatens Memphis residents


People living in the American city of Memphis are bracing themselves, as the Mississippi River is set for a massive swell. Heavy rain is expected to cause severe flooding, with the river predicted to rise to 48 feet by Wednesday. Nearly 3,000 homes are in danger. Already in the north of the city, mobile homes have been deluged and people moved to shelters.

Other residents are leaving before it is too late.

“I’m thinking evacuate today. Because the roads are getting covered – actually, the water is coming around us. We’re stuck in the middle. If we don’t leave today, we might not be able to get out driving,” said a woman in Shelby County.

A local mayor says the flooding could be a large-scale disaster. However, so far, there have been no deaths or injuries. At 48 feet, the river could rise to just below its 1937 record.

Another Memphis resident has never seen anything like it:

“This is as much water as I’ve seen on this river in 60 years, because I’m 60 years old, and I’ve never seen the river this high.”

Emergency services are warning curious people not to come and see or try to touch the water.

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