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Mississippi River crests just shy of 48 ft

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MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - The National Weather Service says the Mississippi River has crested in Memphis just short of 48 feet after threatening to bring record-setting flooding to the area.

      National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Borghoff says the river reached 47.85 feet at 2 a.m. Tuesday and is expected to stay very close to that level for the next 24 to 36 hours.

      The soaking in Memphis was isolated to low-lying neighborhoods, and forced hundreds of people from their homes, but no new serious flooding is expected.

    Officials trust the levees will hold and protect the city's world-famous musical landmarks, from Graceland to Beale Street.
     
      
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