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More then 200 Homes Underwater as River Continues To Rise

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 09 May 2011 11:11am | comments
A business in Greenville is totally flooded.

Flooding is getting worse all along the Mississippi River and at least 210 Mississippi homes are already underwater. The Army Corp of Engineers are reinforcing Mississippi River levees and laying down plastic sheets where the waters are likely to overtop those levees. Emergency management officials are preparing to shelter thousands of people forced out by the flood. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports from Greenville, where the river is not expected to crest until next week.

The levee that protects Greenville from the Mississippi River has become something of a tourist attraction for people wanting to see the rising Mississippi River.

Victoria Leasy stands on the levee near a Casino and recalls the 2008 flood.

"The parking lot area is just consumed. It is covered with water. And back in '08, it was a flood, that is what we were saying, and the parking lot it was still visible. And now it is not visible, it is fully covered," Leasy said.

The river is expected to keep raising into next week, and Leasy is very worried about the water breeching or overtopping the levee and pouring into Greenville.

Officials from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency flew the length of the Mississippi River this weekend and counted at least 210 homes already underwater.

Judy Haley says water is puddling in the front yard of her Greenville home.

"I made arrangement to put my baby's pictures and my grandma's quilt up stairs in my husband's office. It will be safe for now, it is like ten feet from the ground level. I am planning to go stay with my son down in Madison for a little while," Haley said.

The state has already under an emergency disaster declaration and is requesting an upgrade to a major disaster declaration, that would let FEMA give individual aid to flood victims. Congressman Benny Thompson predicts that could come by the end of the week.

Help can't come soon enough for Farmer Ken Hewes, who has lost a hundreds of acres of pasture where he keeps his cattle.

"I have had to move them to Winona. It was a big expense. Had to rent a place up there to keep them," Hewes said.

However, Hewes is doubtful that the government will help him recover his losses, saying no one helped him following the 2008 flood so why would they help him this time.

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A business in Greenville is totally flooded.


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