Tourists Flock To Flood Waters

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Monday, May 16, 2011 - 3:01pm

Crowds gather on bluffs overlooking swollen Mississippi river.

Areas overlooking the Mississippi River at Vicksburg were packed with people Sunday.

"We rode our motorcycles over today, eight couples from around Monroe and Rustin, Louisiana," said Janie Ainsworth.

Others traveled more than a hundred miles to watch the rising water.

"Water hasn't been this high since 1927," said Mike Phillips who traveled from Hattiesburg. "I feel like it is part of history so we came to see it."

The Mississippi River at Vicksburg is expected to crest Thursday at 57.5 feet.

As the river continued to swell, people were building up their defenses.

Levees were built higher to protect businesses and homes.

Three of the five Vicksburg casinos shut their doors.

More than 600 families were displaced by the flooding.

"All the things we hope for is that it will slow down and it wont come over, but it is what it is," said Vicksburg resident Calvin Washington.

They wait for Thursday to pass and for the waters to finally start receding.
 

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