Floodwaters Moving Down the Mississippi

Floodwaters are flowing down the Mississippi River into the Delta, where residents have been filling sandbags in an effort to spare homes from further damage.

Hundreds of homes have already been inundated and emergency officials in Mississippi say there will be a lot more by the time the river crests.

William Jefferson's home in Vicksburg is under several feet of water, so he's been sleeping in a camper on higher ground nearby. That's likely to flood soon too, but Jefferson says half of his life is in the house and if he doesn't stay close by, it'll all be gone.

Downstream in Louisiana, inmates have been filling sandbags to protect property in Cajun swamp communities. Homes there cold be flooded if engineers open a spillway to protect more densely populate areas of Baton Rouge.

The crest is expected to reach Vicksburg Saturday, and forecasters say it could peak above the record set during the Great Flood of 1927.

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