Open Story: Mississippi River flooding

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  • Several states in the Midwest, South are waging war against historic flooding
  • There's been flooding around Memphis, though levees appear sound, officials say
  • U.S. Corps Army Corps of Engineers opens a spillway to protect New Orleans

(CNN) -- Thousands of people living along the Mississippi River have been displaced by flooding, and officials say it will be weeks before the river falls low enough for evacuees to safely return.


The flood has so far affected nine states: Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.


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High-res gallery: Residents brace for 'monumental flood'


The weather is often unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. Please do not expose yourself to a risky or potentially dangerous situation.