NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 04, 1973
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(Studio) Mississippi River at highest levels in decades. Over 1 million acres farm land under water. New Orleans' French Quarter threatened by rising waters.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Saint Charles, Missouri) River expected to crest Friday in Saint Louis area. Many families evacuated. Looting common. Volunteers try to put up enough sand bags to hold levees against waters. $20 million worth estimated damages so far. If levees don't hold things will be much worse.
REPORTER: George Lewis
(Vicksburg, Mississippi) Mississippi River covers 3 1/2 million acres in Mississippi. Many have lost homes.
(New Orleans, Louisiana) If Mississippi River rises over levee in New Orleans, French Quarter would be flooded.
(Studio) Flood damage so far estimated at $20 million. Is expected to get much higher.
REPORTER: Mark Ledbetter (WIRT-TV newsfilm, Jackson) Tim O'Brien (WDSU-TV newsfilm) John Chancellor
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