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Reported by Lori Brown

River levels amaze, concern residents in DeSoto County

Tuesday, the Mississippi River reached its highest level in more than a decade.  Onlookers in DeSoto County traveled to the river's banks to see it at its highest level since 1997.

"I've never seen anything like it," onlooker Dewey Patterson said.

"It's the mighty Mississippi," John Miller added. "Anytime it wants, it can wash all this away."

Miller, a farmer from Hernando, said he was keenly aware of how powerful nature's wrath could be.

"We needed it to rain bad, but now we want it to stop so we can plant our crops," he said.

At 37 feet, the river was a sight to behold.

"It's a lot of fun to see it at flood level, because it's been so low for so long," Southaven resident Margaret Devault said.

In Tunica, even though the water was inching closer and closer to Fitzgerald's Casino, spokesperson Sheila Stafford said managers there were not concerned.

"We've had pumps pumping out water in low lying areas," She said. "Other than that, they're looking for the water to start going down."

A spokesperson with the Tunica Convention and Visitor's Bureau said the high water levels were making it difficult for some casinos to keep their floors level.  All of the casino floors in Tunica float because of Mississippi gaming laws.

The river's level is expected to gradually decrease over the next several days.

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