President declares federal disaster area along MS River

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Gov. Haley Barbour announced 11 counties along the Mississippi River have been declared federal disaster areas in anticipation of major flooding.

The counties declared include Adams, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, Desoto, Issaquena, Jefferson, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Wilkinson. Other counties will be added as appropriate.

"This will be a monumental flood, and I ask residents to take this risk seriously and make evacuation plans," Gov. Barbour said. "I appreciate the quick review by President Obama and FEMA leaders, and I know they will give similar consideration to our request to add counties impacted by backwater flooding."

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