The Deep South braces for rising Mississippi River

By Cain Burdeau/The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — A surge of water not seen since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is forecast to test the massive levees along the Mississippi River as the giant waterway travels through the Deep South.

Officials are warning residents to start preparing for the possibility of flooding.

Already, river boat casinos in Mississippi are closing and levee managers are preparing sand bags, inmates and supplies to fight the rising river along hundreds of levees in Mississippi and Louisiana. Mississippi’s and Louisiana’s governors issued flood warnings Thursday and declared states of emergency.