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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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Mississippi Delta braces for historic flood

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.

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