Residents in Memphis are getting a little worried about the Mississippi river. They have good reason to be a little worried at this time. This river is expected to bring near-record flooding to Memphis. This was believed to be happening on Tuesday but the believed time for it to come now is Monday.
“This water that we’re seeing coming by is moving 2 million cubic feet per second,” Col. Vernie Reichling of the Army Corps of Engineers said earlier. “To use an analogy, in one second that water would fill up a football field 44 feet deep.” Since the Mississippi river has been rising for days this has given residents a chance to get out and find other shelter. Residents in more than 1,300 Memphis homes have been told to leave and about 370 people were staying in at least four shelters, according to city officials.
If you read the Shelby County Office of Preparedness website you will see that it expected more than 3,000 properties to be affected by flooding. This is a huge number and it is the hope that people listened to the warning to get out. The National Weather Service says that the Mississippi River is expected to crest at 48 feet. The previous record was 48.7 feet and set in 1937 which was a flood that killed 500 people in several states.