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May 9th, 2011
10:18 AM ET

Memphis braces for record floods

Memphis, Tennessee (CNN) - Waging war on a flood of historic proportions that has already affected thousands in eight Midwestern and Southern states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flooded a spillway north of New Orleans in an effort to calm the rising Mississippi River.

A crowd gathered near the gates of the Bonnet Carré Spillway to watch cranes slide open the gates to 28 of the spillway's 350 bays built beginning in 1929 after a devastating flood two years earlier.

Upstream in Memphis, Tennessee, residents and authorities anxiously waited for Mississippi to crest at a near-record 14 feet above flood stage. Read More
CNN"s Ali Velshi speaks to Mayor A C Wharton, Jr., Mayor of Memphis about the current conditions in his state.

Filed under: Weather
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. john

    CERT Community Emergency Response Team. look it up on line.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  2. Joseph L Cooke

    Why do these goofy tv reporters feel compelled to stand in flood waters?

    May 10, 2011 at 9:08 am |