Forecaster: river could crest Monday

National Weather Service forecaster Joe Lowery says the river is beginning to level off and could crest late Monday. It had earlier been forecast to reach a crest Tuesday at 48 feet.

Streets in low-lying areas are covered in water and the homes are vacant in Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday, May 5, 2011. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Brian Albert Broom)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The flood crest on the Mississippi River could come a little earlier than expected.

National Weather Service forecaster Joe Lowery says the river is beginning to level off and could crest late Monday. It had earlier been forecast to reach a crest Tuesday at 48 feet. The reading Monday morning was 47.7 feet.

Civil authorities expect just over 3 thousand properties to be affected by the flooding along the Mississippi and its tributaries in Memphis. Nearly 1 thousand of those are single-family homes. There are also schools, businesses and industrial sites being flooded.

Lowery said a depth gauge was found to be malfunctioning Sunday evening, but information from a backup gauge was being used with no effect on the ability to keep tabs on the river.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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