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Miss. flood evacuees spend tedious days in shelter


AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Water from the Mississippi River roars through the Old River Control Structure towards the Atchafalaya Basin in Concordia Parish, La., Tuesday. The structure's gates were opened to help relieve rising floodwaters from the Mississippi.

VICKSBURG, Miss. — In the area of Mississippi hardest-hit by river flooding, evacuees passed time in shelters Wednesday by reading books, praying or smoking cigarettes as officials warily watched waters inch toward the top of a nearby levee that protects thousands of acres of farmland. Cargo was slowly moving along the bloated Missi...

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