May 10, 2011
The Pyramid Arena sits protected Tuesday by a flood wall from the swollen Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn. The Mississippi crested in Memphis at nearly 48 feet on Tuesday, falling short of its all-time record but still soaking low-lying areas with enough water to require a massive cleanup.
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The bulging Mississippi River rolled into the fertile Mississippi Delta on Tuesday, threatening to swamp antebellum mansions, wash away shotgun shacks and destroy fields of cotton, rice and corn in a flood of historic proportions.