Staying Ahead of The Water

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 9:53am

Swollen Mississippi River has resident bracing for record flood waters.

A frantic rush to stay ahead of the flood waters continues in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

The swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries are flowing over their banks, and the waters are expected to keep rising for days to come.

Down river in Louisiana crews along Interstate 10, workers are rushing to finish a temporary levee near the Atchafalya River Basin.

They're bracing for the possibility that the Army Corps of Engineers will open the Morganza Spillway, diverting the Mississippi over 3-million acres in southwest Louisiana and putting 13,000 structures and 25,000 people in jeopardy.

"It's hard to describe how much water is in the system," says Corps of Engineers Major General Michael Walsh. "It's the most that's ever been in the system."

A system already stretched past its limits, with more water on the way.

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