(Memphis, TN) — Rising water levels could bring record flooding this month along the Mighty Mississippi.
More than 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland are already under water as the Army Corps of Engineers prepares to finish breaching a levee at Birds Point in the southeastern part of the state.
As of this morning, breaching the levee appeared to have saved the town of Cairo, Illinois from being inundated, but communities farther down river fear the worst is yet to come.
Localized flooding is already being reported in parts of Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Officials are now warning Memphis-area residents to get ready to evacuate before the Mississippi River crests at a predicted 48 feet next week.
The flood waters could destroy 5300 homes and businesses in Shelby County, Tennessee.
In Mississippi, Governor Haley Barbour is asking President Obama to declare eleven counties federal disaster areas in anticipation of major flooding around May 20th.
Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is preparing to open the Bonnet Carre Spillway as early as next Monday to ease pressure on the state's levees.
Louisiana also has a three-phase evacuation plan in place.
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