Memphis Prepares for Mississippi’s Record Crest

BY Lauren Knapp  May 9, 2011 at 4:10 PM EST

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at 48-feet in Memphis, Tennessee Monday night, and the river has already swelled to six times its normal width. Residents spent the weekend sandbagging and police went door-to-door asking people to evacuate their homes. At least one thousand people have abandoned their houses.

Eleanor Boudreau, a reporter for WKNO in Memphis, has been following the story. She spoke with Hari Sreenivasan early Monday about how the community is responding to the deluge:



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