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Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis

Nearly 3,000 properties are expected to be threatened as water levels of the US river continue to rise

Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
Residents paddle a boat past houses being swallowed up by floodwater May 7, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and have caused widespread flooding in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. (Getty Images)
Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
James Dunn gives his grandson Caleb Walker a paddle boat ride down the middle of a flooded street near his home May 5, 2011 in Metropolis, Illinois. Memphis area residents were warned on Saturday that the Mississippi River was gradually starting to "wrap its arms" around the city and rise to record levels as flooding moves south. (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
A Cadillac is seen in floodwater from the Ohio River May 5, 2011 in Paducah, Kentucky. Nearly 3,000 properties are expected to be threatened. Rising water flooded 25 mobile homes in north Memphis Saturday morning. (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
Michael Young drags a pallet to be used in building a walkway to his home which is surrounded by floodwater May 6, 2011 in Tiptonville, Tennessee. The National Weather Service forecast that the river will crest Wednesday in Memphis at 48 feet, just under the 1937 record. (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
The Bogota Baptist Church is surrounded by floodwater from the Obion River May 6, 2011 in Bogota, Tennessee. The Obion feeds into the Mississippi River near Bogota. (Getty Images)
Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
A home in the Memphis Mobile City mobile home park is engulfed by floodwater May 7, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Getty Images)
Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
Volunteers fill sandbags to help in the fight against rising floodwater May 7, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee. No deaths or injuries have been reported in the Memphis flooding, but the spectacle has drawn sightseers - an activity being discouraged by emergency officials. (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
Houses are engulfed by floodwater May 7, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Getty Images)
Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
Floodwater covers Beale Street at the edge of the Mississippi River May 7, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee. This year's flooding is set to eclipse numerous crest records set mainly in 1927 and 1937. The Great Flood of 1927 swelled the Lower Mississippi to 80 miles wide in some parts, caused up to 1,000 deaths by some estimates and drove more than 600,000 people from their homes. (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Mississippi River starts to wrap its arms around Memphis
A fire truck drives down a flooded street May 7, 2011 in Memphis, Tennessee. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and have caused widespread flooding in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas (Getty Images)