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    Posted: Thursday, 19 May 2011 5:23PM

    Officials say floodwaters to linger into June

    AP Reporting

    The Army Corps of Engineers and local officials are warning Vicksburg residents that they should not think that Thursday's expected crest of the Mississippi River means the end of the flood.

    At a news conference on a bluff overlooking the river, Col. Jeffrey R. Eckstein, commander of the Corps' Vicksburg District, said water could remain at the record 57.1 feet level for a week and he said the river could remain about flood stage until the middle of June. Flood stage at Vicksburg is 43 feet.

    "The crest is by no means the end of it," Eckstein said.

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    Floodwaters carve deadly trail of destruction

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    Vicksburg, Mississippi (CNN) -- The overflowing Mississippi River dealt anguish to its namesake state Thursday, reaching a historic height at Vicksburg, sending backwater up the Yazoo River, which has swallowed a home owned by the governor, and claiming the life of a 69-year-old man.

    As the flood's trail of destruction worked its way south, Vicksburg saw the river crest at the expected peak of 57.1 feet early Thursday, hours ahead of the original forecast.

    The National Weather Service predicts the crest will hold through at least Saturday morning. "Residents who live along the river need to keep an eye out and be vigilant," said Marty Pope, a senior hydrologist with the weather service's Jackson, Mississippi, office. "We're not going to fall to the kind of levels we got to during the large 2008 flood until early June, and won't fall below flood stage until mid-to-late June."

    The river began cresting ahead of schedule Wednesday night, probably because an old levee system in Greenville, Mississippi, was breached last Friday and spread the flood's flow, Pope said.

    The Mississippi is more than 14 feet above flood stage at Vicksburg and more than a foot over the record set in the city in 1927.

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    The overflowing Mississippi River dealt anguish to its namesake state Thursday, reaching a historic height at Vicksburg, sending backwater up the Yazoo River, which has swallowed a home owned by the governor, and claiming the life of a 69-year-old man.

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    Re: Mississippi gov: Leave flood zone now: Rely on friends, relatives or even strangers

    Mississippi River flooding prompts Gov. Haley Barbour to urge Delta evacuations

    Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 4:30 PM

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    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged holdouts to head for higher ground.

    "The biggest danger is that they choose not to evacuate assuming there'll be someone to rescue them," Barbour said, noting that emergency teams could be endangered as well.

    "More than anything else, save your life and don't put at risk other people who might have to come in and save your lives."

    Over the past week or so in the Delta, floodwaters along the rain-fattened river and its backed-up tributaries have already washed away crops, forced many to seek higher ground and closed some of the dockside casinos that are vital to the state's economy.

    The state gambling industry is taking a hit: All 19 casinos along the river will be shut down by the end of the week, costing governments $12 million to $13 million in taxes per month, authorities said. That will put some 13,000 employees temporarily out of work.

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  • Mississippi - Floodwaters carve deadly trail of destruction - River crest reaching historic height at Vicksburg - 1 death

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/...20059812.shtml
    May 4, 2011
    Miss. gov: Leave flood zone now, rely on friends
    Haley Barbour said state won't provide assistance for evacuations as low-lying areas are expected to flood later this month
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