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After the crest, it could be days before the water starts going down, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday morning on CBS’ “The Early Show.”

“There’ll be areas in the Mississippi Delta that’ll still be flooded, not only in the middle of June, some into late June,” Barbour said.

Vivian Taylor, a 60-year-old substitute teacher, described a sense of denial for many residents of her neighborhood in south Vicksburg before the flooding got bad.

“We thought maybe it wouldn’t get that bad,” she said. “When we saw water starting to build up in fields behind the neighborhood we started to get worried. Then we started seeing snakes and worms coming up out of the ground and we became very concerned.”

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said there are more than 4,800 people displaced in Mississippi due to flooding, with more than 2,000 of them in Vicksburg and surrounding areas in Warren County. MEMA Spokesman Jeff Rent said more than 6,000 people in Mississippi could be displaced before the flood is over.

Taylor-Wells spends her time swapping stories with the others staying at the Red Cross shelter at Hawkins United Methodist Church. She thinks a lot about what’s ahead. There’s not much else to do.

“I pray. I read. I meditate,” she said. “I just try to sit calm and get my bearings,” she said.

Outside the shelter Wednesday morning, Anita Raley stood barefoot and wearing pajamas while she smoked a cigarette.

The 43-year-old woman has been here going on two weeks since water flooded her home.

“I’m really just kind of numb,” she said. “I guess it really hasn’t hit me yet.”

Her life for now is mostly waiting for the water to go down.

“We have to take it day by day. We just have to start over,” she said.

Sayre reported from New Orleans. Associated Press writers Brian Schwaner in New Orleans; Scott Mayerowitz in New York, Christopher Leonard in St. Louis and Sheila Byrd in Jackson contributed to this report.