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Memphis flooding

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Memphis landmarks safe from flooding, for now

More than a thousand households in and around Memphis, Tennessee, are getting notices of a serious flood threat from the rising Mississippi River.

But for now, the city's best-known landmarks appear to be safe.

A spokesman at Graceland, Elvis Presley's home, says it's about a 20-minute drive from the Mississippi River, and in no danger of flooding. He says it's "on a hill, high and dry."

Water pooled at the lowest end of Beale Street, the thoroughfare synonymous with Mississippi blues. But it's about a half-mile from the street's world-famous nightspots.

The main Memphis airport isn't threatened. Neither is FedEx, which has a sorting hub at the airport that handles up to 2 million packages per day.

But other parts of Memphis aren't so fortunate. One man stood today in his backyard, where water from a creek has been rising for days. About 20 feet away, a fish jumped out of a pool of standing brown water. Billy Burke said if the water rises another 10 feet, he's "out of here."

AP correspondent Adrian Sainz reports officials are asking people to evacuate in Memphis as flood waters rise.

Steve Shular, with the Shelby County Office of Preparedness, says Memphis residents are being urged to evacuate ahead of flooding.

Source: NECN