Jansing and Co   |  May 04, 2011

Flood fears prompt new evacuations

As the Mississippi River is expected to reach its highest levels in nearly a century in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel joins Richard Lui from Ledbetter, Kentucky to discuss new evacuations to the area.

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>>> is expected to reach its highest levels of nearly a century in parts of tennessee, mississippi , and louisiana over the next several days. prompting new evacuation in those areas. the army corps of engineers is weighing more levee explosions to divert flood waters around other towns. residents in seven states now are on edge about more flooding from the mighty mississippi river .

>> any time the rain come up, we got to get ready to get gone. i don't want to run every time it cloud up.

>> i can't talk. everything you work for is -- is gone.

>> weather channel meteorologist mike seidel is live now in ledbetter, kentucky. so many people are hurt and are hurting because of this.

>> reporter: yeah, richard , the water from the ohio river goes down the mispiesissippimississippi. there's a lag time . it's stopped raining but still drains from the smaller creeks and streams and rivers into the bigger main stem rivers and into the ohio and ohio down the mississippi . they blew up that levee so the river cage in cairo is going in the right direction. down just under two feet. down by 22 inches. otherwise, the rivers are still rising . like here, this is the ohio river . you can't see it, richard , it is way back there in the distance. behind that house, behind those trees is the ohio . so it's encroached here. nearby paducah, this is the second highest crest on record with just upstream and downstream. smithfield and cairo, respectively, record crests all time going back to those cases, 1937 . show you some of the pictures either from the ground or aloft across kentucky yesterday. and most of the issue obviously is up here in the northern and western part of the state where you find the ohio river . you get south of louisville, the rest of the state is in pretty good shape. although lakes fairly high. there's water everywhere. and even if it stopped raining it's going to take a while for this to back off. in fact, if you look at the gauges, most of these gauges will be in flood stage for at least another week or two, richard . and then the lag time keeps parts of the mississippi in flood stage like in vicksburg, mississippi , through most of the month of may. it's going to be a rough month as we go through north and south towards new orleans.

>> the waters start to recede very soon. mike seidel , thank