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Looking downstream from Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Farmers downriver from Memphis are building homemade levees to protect their crops and engineers are diverting water into a lake to ease the pressure on New Orleans levees.
The Mississippi River is reaching its high point in Memphis and attention is turning to a time-consuming clean up.
In Louisiana, inmates have been evacuated to a prison on higher ground and officials are contemplating whether to open another spillway north of Baton Rouge.
The soaking in Memphis was isolated to low-lying neighborhoods, and forced hundreds of people from their homes, but no new serious flooding is expected. Officials trusted the levees would hold and protect the city's world-famous musical landmarks, from Graceland to Beale Street.
To the south, residents in the Mississippi Delta are preparing for the worst.

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