POSTED: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 5:24am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 5:39am
ROLLING FORK, MS (NBC) — The struggle against the flood is reaching its peak. If the levee doesn't hold in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, the hometown of blues legend Muddy Waters could soon be filled with them.
Cathy Prestinanni is packing everything she can and moving to higher ground. As she maps out her escape plan Prestinanni understands the potential consequences. "If the levee fails the whole town will be under water," she says.
That concern now stretches to south Louisiana. Water diverted through the Morganza Spillway to help save baton rouge and New Orleans is now inching in on smaller communities along the Atchafalaya River.
Sandbags and makeshift levees try to block the flood's path, but in St. Landry Parish most know they're a temporary defense at best. They've fought through floods here before, but most have never seen anything like this. If there is any good news, it's that opening the spillways has seemed to ease pressure on the levees.
Of course in areas where that water has been diverted, the pressure and concern continues to climb.