04 May 2011

More Than Historic: an EPIC Flood

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - The Mississippi River continues to rise, so much so that its tributaries are starting to flow backwards.

"Right now the Mississippi river is in the process of going through what we call an epic flood, meaning it's more than historic, it's more than a 100 year flood, it's more like a 500 year flood," . . . .

A Slow Moving Disaster rolling down the Mississippi River

"A flooding tributary threatened to cut off Interstate 40, a major east-west route through Arkansas, and the Army Corps of Engineers planned to blast a new breach in a Missouri levee in hopes of controlling the slow-motion disaster flowing downriver."

"I've never seen it this bad," said 78-year-old Joe Harrison, who has lived in the same house in Hickman since he was 11 months old. Floodwaters turned his house into an island - dry but surrounded by water."

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

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