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Memphis braces for Mississippi River flood crest

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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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