CL – ‘Time to act is now’

Count Gov. Haley Barbour among the Mississippians forced to evacuate because of high waters predicted to rival the Great Flood of 1927.

Last weekend, he prepared his Yazoo City home for the worst. “It’s the home where my mother grew up,” he told The Clarion-Ledger on Wednesday. “We loaded (the furniture) up and sent it to town or gave it to charity.”

Floodwaters are expected to reach more than a foot beyond the top of the Yazoo Backwater Levee, flooding hundreds of thousands of acres from Rolling Fork to Vicksburg to the foothills of Yazoo County, officials say.

5/4/11