Flood waters from the Mississippi River encroach on to farm land near Tunica, Miss. on Wednesday.
The bulge of water, caused by the convergence of the swollen Mississippi and Ohio rivers at Cairo, Illinois, is slowly moving downstream and is expected to reach the Gulf of Mexico in about two weeks.
Up to 5,000 Mississippi residents may be forced to evacuate, authorities said on Wednesday. So far the flooding has affected 3 million acres of farmland in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas alone.The water level of the Mississippi River surged to 58.48 feet at Natchez, Miss., on Wednesday afternoon, surpassing the record high of 58.04 feet set back in 1937. The National Weather Service expects the swollen river to crest at Vicksburg, Miss., on May 19 and at 64 feet at Natchez on May 21.