Town Could be Wiped Off Map by Flood

Please continue to pray for the people affected by the massive flooding along the Mississippi River.

On the bloated Mississippi River, the unincorporated town of Tunica Cutoff, Miss., sits an hour’s drive south of Memphis. There was a sense of relief after the river crested in the music city Monday, but it next took aim at the fertile Mississippi Delta , leaving Tunica Cutoff residents wondering if they’ll have a community to return to when the water recedes.

CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports that there are about 300 homes in Tunica Cutoff, and they have all been flooded.

Other swamped communities may rebuild, but Tunica Cutoff may not. New housing codes mandate raising new homes above the 100-year flood plain. Most victims in Tunica had no flood insurance, and couldn’t afford raising their homes. So here’s their worry: Tunica Cutoff could be gone for good, flooded into history.

Tunica County, which contains the unincorporated Tunica Cutoff community, has little more than 10,000 residents, and a median family income of around $30,000, about half the national average, according to Census estimates. It is also about 70 percent black, whereas the national average is around 12 percent.

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