Floods Costing Businesses

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi River is waist-high in some flooded areas of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and it hasn't crested yet.

People along the river in the Mississippi Delta are expecting the worst over the next several days.

Many people have left their homes, but Vicksburg resident William Jefferson is staying put. He says, "If you don't stay with your stuff, you won't have it."

The water has done major damage to the Mississippi casino business, which is vital to the state's economy. Authorities say 19 casinos along the river will be shut down by the end of the week, costing governments up to $13 million per month.

The crest of the swollen Mississippi River is expected to roll through one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the country over the next few days.

In Memphis, flood damage is estimated at more than $320 million.