All Eyes On The Water

Friday, May 6, 2011 - 11:58am

Corps of engineers considers breaching more levees to divert flooding away from homes.

The Mississippi River continues to creep into areas it's not supposed to be.

Homes are taking in water in parts of Memphis, Tennessee and the crest still isn't forecast for another few days.

"It's a mess. It's a lot of water out there, and it's real deep and cold," says Memphis resident Jack Berryhill.

The rising waters are washing away so much across the mid-South, including fertile farm land after levees were breached as part of the Army Corps of Engineers strategy to try and divert the flood.

Crews intentionally breached levees in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky.

The Corps says it was done to to protect property and potentially save lives, though farmers argue it is costing them their livelihood.

"It really upsets me," says Ed Marshall. "In fact the day that I moved out of my office and moved out of my shops and got everybody out of here, I came back for one last look and yeah, it makes you sick."

An illness, that like the water is spreading.

"This levee break has been a real hardship on me and everyone who lives in the flood way, farms in the flood way. It's a hard deal," says farmer Lester Goodin.

A Congressional delegation from Tennessee will tour the region Friday as crews continue to prepare sandbags and brace for the rising water.




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