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Mississippi River Expected to Crest in Memphis Early Tuesday

Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects[dot]net/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The Mississippi River continues to rise in Memphis, Tennessee, with forecasts predicting that the river will crest sometime early Tuesday morning.

Officials predict that the river will get up to 48 feet, just seven inches shy of its all-time flood high set back in 1937.

Tennessee’s governor Bill Haslam has asked President Obama to declare 15 counties as federal disaster areas as the river continues to rise. Should the president grant Haslam’s request, those areas designated as disaster areas would have access to federal assistance programs. Haslam declared a state of emergency on April 26, in light of the forecast of the Mississippi River flooding.

On Saturday the Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency issued a flood warning, advising area residents to wrap up precautionary actions in the coming days and be prepared to evacuate.

The Mississippi River is expected to remain above flood stage Memphis until May 25.

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