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Mississippi River / Flooding / Memphis, Tennessee #993443

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 09, 2011
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The rising of the Mississippi River after weeks of heavy rain introduced; map shown.

(Memphis: Mark Strassmann) The flooding in Memphis featured; scenes shown from the flooded downtown and neighborhoods and the levees. [In a helicopter, Mayor A.C. WHARTON†- talks about the river.] [Homeowner Danny MITCHELL - comments.] Map of tributary rivers shown. [Army Corps of Engineers Col. Vernie RIECHLING††- says the levees won't fail.] [Washington University professor Robert CRISS†- says we build levees too high leading to catastrophe.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) How engineers have opened a spillway near New Orleans to divert the river noted; diagrams shown.

Couric, Katie;
Strassmann, Mark

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