Record-breaking floods sweep Mississippi Delta

Thousands of people are bracing themselves to pack their bags as the slowly surging Mississippi River threatens to engulf their homes.

Families face the agonising decision about whether to stay or abandon their homes as water levels rise threatening to swamp communities on the Mississippi Delta just yards from the giant river.

Thousands of people from Illinois to Louisiana have already fled their homes and those living further north could be forced to evacuate in the next week or two.

Motorists on Interstate 40 pass over the rising Mississippi River as the sun sets over downtown Memphis, Tennessee Motorists pass over the rising Mississippi River as the sun sets over downtown Memphis, TennesseeThe flood water is expected to almost break an 84-year record on Wednesday when officials say the river level will top 48 feet. In 1937 the river reached 48.7 feet in Memphis.

At Muddy Waters, a sliver of land in northwest Mississippi, Ken Gelston, said: ‘We’re getting our mamma and daddy out,’ as he helped pack furniture, photos and other belongings into pickup trucks in Greenville, Mississippi.

Inundated: A farm and surrounding buildings is submerged in flood waters from the White River near Newport, ArkansasInundated: A farm and surrounding buildings is submerged in flood waters from the White River near Newport, Arkansas

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384333/Mississippi-River-flood-Thousands-prepare-flee.html#ixzz1LbU396JT

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