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Downtown Memphis Hotels Remain Safe From Floods

May 9, 2011 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

While most people headed out to have pancakes with mom yesterday, Memphis battled flooding from the Mississippi River that's expected to reach 48 feet on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. However, downtown Memphis hotels are safe and open for business.

We called the Holiday Inn Select Downtown Memphis to see how it was faring, and the front desk said that downtown, which is perched on a bluff, isn't affected at all. "I'm not even wearing a swimsuit or anything," the front desk clerk joked.

According to the Toronto Sun, areas to the north and south of the city were hit hard with the near-record-level flooding. But you'll be okay in downtown. The historic Peabody Hotel is also flood-free—in fact, more than 900 people showed up there yesterday for Mother's Day brunch, it reported on Twitter. Though we're guessing its famous marching ducks probably wouldn't mind having the city as a water playground.

Weirdly enough, the history-making floods are becoming a tourist attraction in downtown Memphis, NPR reports, with people lined up snapping pictures of immersed areas (for more photos and ways to help, visit The Great Memphis Flood of 2011 site). If you end up there, you can check into such hotels as the The Madison and the Westin Memphis Beale Street, which remain open as well.

Of course, although it may be unlikely, conditions can change. To be on the safe side, it's always best to give area hotels a call to check for closings before heading out.

[Photo: The Great Memphis Flood of 2011]

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