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Memphis officials seek to reassure visitors

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12 May 2011 by Luke McCormick

A spokesperson for Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, said: "All hotels, restaurants and attractions are open with absolutely no threat of being impacted by the Mississippi River which for the most part borders parkland in Downtown Memphis.

"The Mississippi River is at its widest span in Memphis ... with almost all flooding taking place in uninhabited flood plains and bottomland across the River from downtown Memphis."

Less than 1% of Memphis households have been affected by rising waters and less than 20% of the City's land area. Most affected are outlying communities, where some residences have been built in flood plains of the Mississippi's tributary rivers.

The spokesperson continued: "Beale, FedEx Forum and our major downtown hotels are all open and operating at capacity. The airport and our conference and convention facilities are operating at capacity. Restaurant and attractions are ready for visitors ... and the weather is perfect!"

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