Anxiety Rises Along the Flood-Swollen Mississippi

People forth the lower Mississippi River and its tributaries arranged their accouterments and emergency workers excitedly abounding sandbags as aerial baptize pushed its way after Wednesday in a slow-motion adversity that could breach flood annal dating to the 1920s.From Illinois to Mississippi, bags of bodies accept already been affected from their homes, and all-overs is ascent forth with the boss river, alike admitting it could be a anniversary or two afore some of the best astringent calamity hits.I've never apparent it this bad," said 78-year-old Joe Harrison, who has lived in the aforementioned abode in Hickman back he was 11 months old. Floodwaters from the Mississippi angry his abode into an island — dry but amidst by water. He has been application a baiter to get to his car, anchored on dry arena forth a artery that runs by his house.Up and bottomward the Big Muddy, farmers anchored for a echo of the atrocious action active beforehand this anniversary in Missouri, area Army engineers blew up a beach and sacrificed all-inclusive stretches of farmland to assure busy areas upstream.Forecasters and emergency admiral said some of the high-water annal set during the abundant floods of 1927 and 1937 could fall. On Wednesday, for example, the Mississippi eclipsed the 46-foot mark set in 1937 in Caruthersville.