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May 9, 2011 6:18 PM by Greg Boyce

Mississippi may crest tonight, just shy of record

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - River watchers say it looks like the Mississippi is starting to level out around Memphis, Tenn., and could crest tonight, just shy of a record.

Parts of low-lying neighborhoods in the city are under water and more than 1,000 people have been forced to flee their homes. Forecasters say the city could be in for rain and possible flash flooding. Hundreds of people in Memphis have been urged to leave their homes, but officials are confident the levees will hold, and there are no plans for further evacuations. The water isn't threatening the music heartland's most recognizable landmarks. Officials say Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, is safe. The head of the county's emergency management agency says he's going to make sure it stays that way.

In Louisiana, the Army Corps of Engineers has partially opened a spillway that diverts the river into a lake, to ease pressure on the levee system in the New Orleans area.

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