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America’s Tsunami:Mississippi River

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MEMPHIS – The worst floods to hit the central United States in more than 70 years have swallowed up homes, farms and roads after the Mississippi River swelled to six times its normal width.

Army engineers on Tuesday patrolled stressed levees in waterlogged Memphis, Tennessee, where the Mississippi — normally about half a mile across — is currently about three miles (4.8 kilometers) wide.

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