Mississippi River flood water may crest earlier than expected

By: AP
By: AP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Forecasters say the Mississippi could crest at Memphis sooner than expected late Monday, but the mayor says the city is ready for it.

Forecaster Joe Lowery of the National Weather Service office in Memphis says it looks like the river is starting to level out and could crest as soon as Monday night at or near 48 feet. Forecasters had previously predicted the crest would come Tuesday -- which would be hours later than the new forecast.

Mayor A C Wharton says lessons from past disasters have shown city officials the importance of going door-to-door to warn residents in flood-prone areas. He said there are also stepped up patrols of neighborhoods to prevent looting.

Wharton told the Early Show on CBS that authorities are going back to some areas repeatedly to tell people to leave their homes.

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