Mississippi River Crests Near Record Levels

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Mississippi River reached near record levels on Monday when it crested at 48 feet around 7 p.m. Experts, who have been watching as heavy rains swell the waterway's thousands of tributaries and feeder streams, expect the level to remain high for at least the next 48 hours. Memphis residents began to evacuate their homes over the weekend, for fear that the flood waters could rise high enough to become a serious threat. This flooding might prove more devastating than the 1927 floods, which killed hundreds and flooded tens of thousands of farmland acreage.

For more about the areas most affected by the floods, we look to Tennessee and speak with Memphis Daily News reporter Bill Dries and Myron Lowery, chairman of the Memphis city council. 


Bill Dries and Myron Lowery

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [5]


May. 17 2011 06:10 AM
carlajackson from us

BUT - the way I see it is - if co2 prevents a return to a frozen state- those glaciers won't take the water back up - and we'll end up with Venus like scenarios - livable - but just insanely humid and hot in the summers and wickedly cold and dry in the winters- severely bipolar weather http://bit.ly/mtkORb

May. 11 2011 04:10 AM
Jim Quince

Mr. Hockenberry: please STOP referring to this awful flood as a record flood, especially when, within the prior 90 seconds, you have given the 1937 flood that distinction, calling its crest a foot higher than the current one.

May. 10 2011 02:45 PM

Small correction to your story: "The Big Muddy" is the Missouri River, not the Mississippi.

May. 10 2011 01:12 PM
J.B. from Motley County, Texas

Yall need to quit whining about a little water, I run the John Deere house out here in Motley County in West Texas and we haven't had a drop of moisture in two months. If I wanna put food on the table and yall want to have clothes on your backs, we need to get us a rain so we can get this cotton planted.

May. 10 2011 08:44 AM

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