As the largest river in the United States reaches historic flood stage levels, the downtown area of Memphis, Tennessee, (including commercial, industrial and residential structures and interests) prepares for the worst. The water damage cleanup and restoration experts at Rainbow International extend our warmest thoughts and prayers to the residents, businesses and emergency personnel fighting desperately to hold back the rising muddy waters. Below please find information about the flood, as well as links to additional official news and information sources.
Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency
American Red Cross/Mid-South Chapter
Emergency Management Association of Tennessee
National Weather Service – Memphis
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
The Mississippi River, the largest U.S. river system, is forecast to crest today in Memphis, Tennessee, just below its 74-year-old record, as a bulge of water moves south toward the riverside refineries in Louisiana.
The river is forecast to reach 48 feet in Memphis at 7 p.m., compared with the old mark of 48.7 feet, according to a revised National Weather Service forecast.
“Essentially it is beginning to crest right now,” said Bill Borghoff, a weather service meteorologist in Memphis. “We expect it should remain near 48 feet through Wednesday night or so.”
The Mississippi threatens 3,075 buildings, including 949 homes and 12 apartment complexes, in Tennessee’s Shelby County, which includes Memphis, the Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency said yesterday.
“A big monster is rising up on the downtown shores and wrapping its arms around the city,” said David Shular, spokesman for Shelby County. “There are crowds of people along the riverbank just to look at it because they just haven’t seen it this high.” Story courtesy www.bloomberg.com