Still Rising

Friday, May 6, 2011 - 3:03pm

Flood waters continue to climb along the swollen Mississippi.

The situation is getting worse along the Mississippi River.

Emergency officials in Memphis are urging residents in low-lying areas to move to higher ground.

"This is not a flash flood, this is progressive," explains Shelby County Emergency Management Director Bob Nations. "It will rise about a foot a day, on average, so you still have time to plan."

Part of the plan now includes stopping barge traffic along a major section of the Mississippi in Tennessee because wakes are pushing over and into communities along the river.

The most significant impact from the floods is in business parks and neighborhoods that have already taken-in several feet of water.

Karen Sutton's home has been swallowed by the flood waters.

"I don't know what I'm gonna do, gotta wait for water to go down so I can see what I can do," she says.

It will be a long and anxious wait as the water continues to climb.

Crews continue to prepare thousands of sandbags, but the water is coming up so quickly officials are now considering using prison inmates as a part of the process to help keep pace.

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