JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The federal government has declared 11 Mississippi counties disaster areas because of the flood threat from the rapidly rising Mississippi River.
The counties declared as disaster areas on Thursday are: Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, DeSoto, Issaquena, Jefferson, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson. All of them touch the Mississippi River.
Gov. Haley Barbour says he'll now request a disaster declaration for some inland counties - those that don't touch the Mississippi River but could be affected by backwater flooding.
The Mississippi River is predicted to crest in the coming weeks at levels not seen in decades. Barbour warns of a "monumental flood" and urges residents in threatened areas to make evacuation plans.
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