Memphis officials downplay flood risk from Mississippi

January 5, 2016


ROBINSONVILLE, Miss (AP) - The latest on Mississippi River flooding in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.


Emergency preparedness officials in Memphis, Tennessee, are watching low-lying areas where flooding can become a problem, but say flooding won't rival the levels of 2011.


The Mississippi River is forecast to crest Friday there at 40.5 feet, more than three feet above Monday's level.


High water from the Mississippi and its tributary, the Wolf River, is approaching a handful of homes on Mud Island, located near downtown Memphis. A road leading to a water treatment plant has been closed, but all major roads in the county are open. No evacuations have been ordered.


Authorities say those areas were inundated during the historic flood of 2011, when the Mississippi River crested at 48 feet in Memphis and hundreds of mobile homes, houses and businesses were swamped.


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