May 14, 2011 6:23 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Rising Mississippi River attracts onlookers to Vicksburg scenic areas

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A steady stream of onlookers have been stopping at scenic overlooks along the Mississippi River.

Larry and Paulla Dalrymple spent part of their Saturday in Vicksburg, Miss., with a video camera filming the rising river. The couple had been at the area a couple of weeks ago and they wanted to come back to see how high the river had risen.

It's expected to crest at 57.5 feet Thursday.

Yesterday, Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the tough decisions being made to deal with Mississippi River flooding were put in motion decades ago. The river system was designed in the 1930s in the aftermath of the devastating 1927 flood that killed hundreds.

Those decisions include opening the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana. That should relieve pressure on levees protecting Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the numerous oil refineries and chemical plants on the lower Mississippi. But it will inundate homes and farms over about 3,000 square miles of Cajun country. About 25,000
people and 11,000 structures could be in the water's path.



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