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Monday, 9 May 2011

Mississippi flooding 2011

In the United States, 1300 homes have been evacuated in the city of Memphis in the south of the country as the area braces itself for a major flood event following snow melt and heavy rain. However, the peak may be as far as two weeks away.

VIDEO - BBC Weather presenter Simon King explains what is happening

Authorities have blown a hole in a levee and flooded farmland to try and take some of the pressure away from centres of population. In Memphis, the river has grown from it's usual width of half a mile to 3 miles wide.

The Mississippi is expected rise to 14.6 metres (48 feet).

The record height of the river was 48.7 feet in 1937 which caused some of the worst flooding along the Mississippi in American history.

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