Memphis on flood alert as Mississippi swells; blues district threatened

Memphis on flood alert as Mississippi waters hit record peak
Police evacuate residents as Mississippi river spreads to six times its usual span, threatening the city’s blues district
Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

The city of Memphis, Tennesee has been put on alert for record floodingas the waters of the Mississippi river reached a historic peak.

Police went door-to-door to evacuate people from low-lying neighbourhoods after forecasters said the river could reach its peak of 14.6 metres (48ft) by Monday evening.

Heavy winters in the upper midwest and an extremely wet April – with 600% more rain than normal in some southern states – have turned 2011 into a season of floods along the Mississippi’s 2,320-mile route.

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