09 May 2011 21:46
Mississippi River surges toward near-record crest
Downtown Memphis, Graceland appear safe
Beware of wayward snakes, alligators, residents told (Adds quotes, grain prices, displaced deer, alligators)
By John Branston
MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 9 (Reuters) - More residents were warned on Monday to get out of the way of the raging Mississippi River as it surged toward a near-record crest in its southern reaches, prompting authorities to try to divert some of the flood waters.
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