Mississippi flood victims eager to return to homes

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Updated Sunday, May 22 at 2:36 AM

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Chris Lynn fired up his small aluminum boat Saturday and traveled nearly a mile to his father's flooded house.

The house is on a 15-foot high mound of dirt on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg.

Lynn said the water has dropped about 2 inches. Enough for the floor to start drying.

Lynn grabs his cell phone to spread the news.

The river is receding slowly here, but every inch brings hope to people eager to return home.

The river was at 56.7 feet at Vicksburg on Saturday, down from the crest of 57.1 feet. It was 61.7 feet at Natchez, down from 61.9.

That's still above record levels in both places, but it's no longer rising.

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