Cars in overflow waterCars stand submerged in overflow water from the Wolf River on McMiller Road in Memphis, Tenn. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

After weeks of rising to historic levels the Mississippi River reached a crest just shy of the forecasted 48 feet at the Memphis gauge. “It’s going to meander around that level for the next 24 to 36 hours, ” meteorologist Bill Borghoff said. “We’re going to pretty much hold onto the crest for a while.”    (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mike Brown)