Under Water

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 2:26pm

Swollen Mississippi River continues to pour water into communities along its banks.

The wait for flood waters to recede in Memphis continues, but the race to protect communities down-river is on.

Homeowners in Yazoo City are sand-bagging around the clock.

Temporary levees are being built across the region to hold back the mighty Mississippi.

In Baton Rouge a water-filled boom system is being installed to raise the levee and protect the city.

"If water topples the levee in Baton Rouge it will pretty much go all the way to the Interstate and down to LSU and the loss would be absolutely tremendous," says Mayor Kip Holden.

Tremendous destruction the Army Corps of Engineers hopes to avoid.

Over the next few days the Corps expects to trigger the Morganza Spillway and divert flood waters away from Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Triggering the spillway will help spare the major cities, but the move could flood more than three-million acres and affect nearly 13,000 structures.

Among them is the home of John Menard in Butte, Louisiana.

"They're expecting 10-15 foot of water, here, so we're not taking any chance, we're just gonna get out and take our losses," he says.

A loss that leaves him speechless.

"No words... no words, because I built this myself, but we'll be all right," he says.

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