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Oregon Girl, 6, Swept Down Swollen River

JupiterImages/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Rescue teams are searching a frigid Oregon river for a 6-year-old girl who fell in and was swept downstream while playing in the snow.

Vinesa Snegur, a first-grader in Portland, had traveled to a remote part of Mt. Hood National Park with her parents Sunday to play in the snow, when Snegur accidentally tumbled into the Clackamas River, according to Clackamas County Sheriff Sgt. James Rhodes.

"They were close to the river's edge, and the river here is almost at flood stage and is 33 degrees, and he [the father] looked away for just a moment, he said, and his daughter fell into the river," Rhodes said.

The Portland area has been hit with rain, snow, and sleet, swelling the river to its banks in recent weeks, the sheriff said.

Igor Snegur, the girl's father, chased after his daughter, running three-quarters of a mile down the river bank, but couldn't catch up with her and finally lost sight of her altogether, Rhodes said.

He and his wife, Marina, searched the area without success for the girl, before getting back into their vehicle to go call for help. There was no cellphone service in the remote part of the park, Rhodes said. The couple drove seven miles until they reached a ranger station, from which they dialed 911.

Searchers arrived Sunday night at the park to look for the girl in a four-mile stretch of river downstream from where she entered the water, Rhodes said. Searchers, including diver teams and a helicopter using infrared, scoured the area again Monday and Tuesday.

Rhodes said that the police would search another four miles downstream from the incident before reassessing whether to continue the dragnet. Divers had reported that the large amount of debris in the river would have blocked someone from traveling too far down the water without hitting an obstruction.

Rhodes said the mission is still a search effort, and not a recovery effort, but that the odds of Snegur surviving diminish as time passes.  

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Mississippi Flooding: River Cresting, Louisiana Preps for Rising Waters

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- As the swollen Mississippi River continues to rush downstream, flood-level water is heading directly for some Louisiana communities still recovering from last year's devastating oil spill and possibly forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate. Many neighborhoods of Memphis, Tenn., remain submerged in dirty, debris-strewn and reptile-infested water.

The National Weather Service said the Mississippi River has reached 47.85 feet.

The river will continue to press against Memphis levees for at least the next few days, officials said. The Mississippi there has swollen to six times its average width.

Further south, residents of Vidalia, La., have been warned to start working on an evacuation plan. City officials have already evacuated the local hospital. Vidalia is directly located across the river from Natchez, Miss.

Officials said the river is expected to crest at a record level there on May 21. Businesses owners and residents have been preparing for the worst by filling sandbags.

Record flooding is also expected in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

In Memphis, though the river has crested, the danger of flooding has not disappeared. While the river's maximum elevation may have been reached, officials said they will continue to monitor the levees. Authorities expected the levees will protect the city's landmarks, Graceland and Beale Street.

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