Evacuees prepare for a long wait as river nears crest

By: AP
By: AP

VICKSBURG, Miss. -- The Mississippi River is expected to crest tomorrow in Vicksburg, Miss. But one evacuee says, "Lord only knows when it's going to recede." Steven Cole says, "It's so much water."

He's staying at a church with 20 other people. People in the Vicksburg area have been living in shelters for nearly two weeks.

They're passing the time today by reading books, praying or smoking cigarettes, as officials watch the water inch toward the top of a levee protecting thousands of acres of farmland.

On the river, cargo is moving slowly. Barge traffic has been allowed to resume at a slow pace, after being stopped completely yesterday.

Some of the worst flooding in Mississippi has been in the Vicksburg area. And the governor said it could take until late June for water to retreat in certain places.

A substitute teacher in Vicksburg says many residents of her neighborhood were in a state of denial before the flooding got bad. Vivian Taylor says they thought they might escape the worst of it -- but then they saw "snakes and worms coming out of the ground."

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