Residents of the Mississippi River floodplain are sandbagging or evacuating as the flood crest pushes south. It will pass Memphis on Tuesday and hit southern Louisiana on May 23.
Mississippi River at record level in Memphis, Tenn., where some areas are already underwater. It's expected to get higher, with floodwaters to linger for days. Evacuations are under way.
Evacuations and closed highways are a taste of what is in store for Memphis, Tenn., as the Mississippi rises. Farther south, Jackson, Miss., residents are already being asked to evacuate.
In broad areas of the Midwest, April rainfall was four times normal. Now floodwaters are flowing down the Mississippi, inundating farms and threatening to break records more than 70 years old.
Two pickup trucks are surrounded by flood water outside a garage in Memphis, Tenn., on May 8. Memphis residents were being told to flee their homes for higher ground as the mighty Mississippi River edged toward the city, threatening to bring more flooding to parts of an area already soaked.
Gas prices surge above their 2008 highs in four Midwest states, West Virginia, and Hawaii. Supply disruptions and seasonal factors are behind the region's abnormally high gas prices.
On Monday evening, the Army Corps of Engineers will flood farms in southern Missouri to save river towns, after a legal challenge by the Missouri attorney general failed Sunday.
A judge on Friday gave the go-ahead to the US Army Corps of Engineers to blow an opening into a Missouri levee. Advocates say it's the best way to prevent worse flooding downriver, but residents could be affected.
Residents along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers brace for a pair of crests that could bring record floods. In Missouri, 1,000 flee the overflowing Black River after 15 inches of rain in four days.
Vilonia, Arkansas and Poplar Bluff, Missouri have endured a deadly tornado and extensive flooding in the past 24 hours. The twister cut a wide swath of damage in Vilonia.