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US South Sees Worst Flooding In 70 Years

Floodwaters have reached their highest level since the 1930s in the US city of Memphis, causing hundreds of people to leave their homes.

Heavy rains and melting snow have swollen the Mississippi River, the largest river system in North America, and put pressure on thelevees down river in New Orleans.

Residents fled to shelters after homes, businesses and schools were swamped by the floodwaters.

In one spot, the river widened to three miles (4.8 km), six times its normal width, while its flow speed had more than doubled to 12mph.

The soaking in Memphis, Tennessee, has mainly been isolated to low-lying neighbourhoods and it is believed the city’s world-famous musical landmarks, Graceland and Beale Street, have been protected.

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Last updated March 23, 2017 at 1:16 AM
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