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Mississippi River to crest next week in Tunica

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TUNICA, Miss. (FOX13) -

The Mississippi River continues to rise and is expected to crest around the Tunica, Miss., Cutoff in the next week or so.

The rising waters there have already flooded some streets in Tunica near the lake, and it has left some residents wondering if they need to seek higher ground.

Recent rains in the Mid-South and several inches of rain and snow that have fallen in the Midwest and the Plains in recent weeks has raised the Mississippi River significantly. At the Tunica Cutoff the river is expected to rise another foot in the next five days.

Several residents along Lake Road have opted to use their boats inside of their vehicles as the river spilled its banks over the weekend.

"Usually you could walk down to them trees back down yonder," said Bubba Mayo who has lived at the Tunica Cutoff for the last 20 years. He says with the rising waters, the snakes are coming.
 
"Mainly no water moccasins, but you see a lot of copperheads though," Mayo said.

Around the Tunica Cutoff, residents refer to the flood of 2011 as "11." The hopes are this flood doesn't take it all the way to 11.
 
"Dramatic, really dramatic, for everybody down here that kind of hurts to tell that," Mayo said.
 
Half of those who lived near the lake before the flood of 2011 didn't come back. Those who rebuilt, built their houses at or near treetop-level high.
 
The water is at the front steps of the Camps Bait Shop and climbing. So far no one has evacuated from Tunica Cutoff this year, and they are hoping they don't have to.
 
"Maybe up in the bait shop, maybe," Mayo said. "We don't want that, but it's nothing we can do. Hope not, but hope it just blows on by, that's all we can do."
 
While the flooding concerns those that live at Tunica Cutoff it's not near as bad as it was in 2011. Right now the water is at the bottom of the levee and creeping up. In 2011 it was 5 feet from the very top of the levee.

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