Waters of Mississippi River are rising near record levels
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He called once a lifetime flawed in Memphis Tennessee the worst is now set to hit tonight hours earlier than originally forecast. Of the Mississippi River are rising near record levels now -- Good morning American -- yes I'm standing nine Riverside Drive right next to Mississippi River and if you notice it looks like -- virtually in the river that's how high. The L waters have risen. But the good news is the Army Corps of Engineers says the levees here are holding. And hopefully this is the worst event the waters will crest however sometime within the next 24 hours. Tennessee's largest city is in the cross -- Memphis now has the most high risk populations were flooding according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Yeah Barry sand because we realize it's all of predictable. And we do not want to be stuck here -- -- and we don't want to have definitely. In every area we want to return home thankfully. On Tuesday authorities expect the Mississippi to crest at 48 feet outside the city. Less than a foot shy of the record level set in 1937. With the Mississippi swollen by a month of abnormally high rainfall. Its tributaries are overflowing with nowhere for their water to -- At least 11100 homes and trailers in and around Memphis have been evacuated. 400 residents of Shelby county are currently in shelters. On Sunday officials went door to door to alert others that they may also need to leave their homes the water with -- out of the window. About two feet. Inside the trade. Memphis is the latest in a string of towns along the Mississippi to be affected by the swollen river. Last week the Army Corps of Engineers blew up levees near K Rowe Illinois to help alleviate the threat. Officials say well there is great pressure on the levees around Memphis -- currently performing as expected. American Christy they Army Corps of Engineers said that they have begun to open is still -- about 28 miles. Just north of New Orleans are hoping to divert a lot of the slaughtered there. So that they can keep some areas especially the low level areas of New Orleans dry they have to divert that water through this bill weigh in and out into the Gulf of Mexico. -- -- -- -- holly odd question here you know I've -- Memphis under the gun now as this continues to head south what areas are next under the gun. Well heading down towards New Orleans as I mentioned they're saying some areas of Mississippi. Will will be affected their evacuating some areas now -- hoping that. By opening this -- way and perhaps lessening the rush and the intensity of the water. That's some of the towns along the Mississippi will be spared much like -- here it's not getting into some of the residential areas in downtown Memphis that area should be fines and are hoping. That will be like -- just this would be the worst event not to bat. That would be fortunate holly firfer reporting live for -- from Memphis thank you.