PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Farmers in far western Kentucky are waiting
to see whether the predicted flooding of the Mississippi River will harm their crops.
Officials across the Midwest filled sandbags Tuesday in anticipation of possible floodwaters. The federal government predicts that 27 levees could potentially overflow along the river if the weather forecast is on the mark.
No major flooding is predicted in Kentucky, but meteorologist Robin Smith of the National Weather Service in Paducah says bottomlands in Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties would be most affected.
Smith says if it floods, any crops planted in those areas are "going to be gone."
Carlisle County agriculture extension agent Carla Harper says three-quarters of her county's river bottoms will flood if the river crests at 44 feet at Cairo, Ill., on Sunday as predicted.
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