Floodwaters Leave Memphis, Trickle South

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Officials in Memphis, Tenn., are assessing the damage from one of the worst floods in decades, while residents in Mississippi and Louisiana brace for what's to come.

The flood surge from the Mississippi River has already gone through Tunica, Miss., where some families are in shelters after being forced to evacuate.

Jackson, Miss., resident William Jefferson watched as the river slowly consumed his house.

"I'm just going to try and keep these boots on and stay one step ahead of the water," he said.

Further south in Carter, Miss., the Jordan family's general store still displays the seven-foot water mark of the 1927 floodwaters. The family's 3,500 acres of planted cotton, soybeans, and corn will soon be wiped out.

"It makes you sick to your stomach," Ed Jordan said. "I mean, it's just all for nothing."

Morgan City, La., is in the path of the Morganza Spillway, which hasn't been opened in 38 years.

Mark Bernucho owns a fire and safety supply business across the street from the 22-foot seawall, the only thing keeping the water away.

"My business -- I hope we don't go under," he said.

In Memphis, flood damage is estimated at more than $320 million. Along with the destruction in many neighborhoods, residents are also dealing with foul-smelling, snake-infested water with lots of floating trash.

Still, many are certain Memphis will be back.

"Memphis has not floated away. It's going to be here," visitor Johnny Reaves said. "It's going to maintain itself... so don't give up on Memphis."

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