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Swelling Mississippi River Devastates Homes, Farmland
As the Mississippi River swells, areas along the river, stretching from Illinois to Louisiana, face severe flooding. Emergency workers try to protect small towns, farms and urban areas.

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May 18: Tyler Clark stands with his dog Buster near caution tape blocking access to an area of high water on the banks of the Atchafalaya River outside of the levee protection area in Simmesport, La.

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May 18: Ed Jordan walks towards his family's general store in Carter, Miss. The store, which survived the historic 1927 Mississippi Delta flood, has about a foot of water in parts of the store, but is already forcing the wooden floor planks to buckle. Some of the worst flooding in Mississippi is in the area from Vicksburg northeast to Yazoo City, along the Yazoo River.

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May 18: Ed Jordan talks about the 40 percent of farmland his family has underwater while standing in his general store in Carter, Miss. The store, which survived the historic 1927 Mississippi Delta flood, has about a foot of water in parts of the store, but is already forcing the wooden floor planks to buckle. He expects another two or three feet of water, which will cover the entire store

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May 18: Michael "Rodeo" Rhodes looks over the 8-foot levee surrounding Sara Hines home in Carter, Miss. The house, built in 1905 survived the historic flood of 1927, but is facing a sterner task of possibly having standing water surrounding it for a longer time. Rhodes is fearful the temporary levee might become too floodwater saturated and then become compromised.

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May 17: Lu'Duane Newton, with the Vicksburg Housing Authority, looks out over the water that has come up over the road in Waltersville Estates in the Kings neighborhood of Vicksburg, Miss.

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May 18: A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel looks over sand bags along the rising Mississippi River shore in Natchez, Miss. Cargo was slowly moving along the bloated Mississippi River after a costly daylong standstill, while officials kept an eye on the lower Delta where thousands of acres of farmland could be swamped by water that is inching closer to the top of a levee.

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May 17: Lauren Lucas is comforted by her husband David Lucas, as they stand on a broken deck and watch her mother's business, the Vidalia Dock and Storage, take on floodwaters from the Mississippi River in Vidalia, La.

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May 18: Flood victim Vivian Taylor-Wells sits on a cot at a Red Cross shelter in Vicksburg, Miss. Forced from her home a week ago by rising Mississippi river floodwaters, Taylor-Wells had just spent her second night in a shelter after funds for a motel ran out.

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May 18: A partially-flooded building is seen on the banks of the Atchafalaya River outside of the levee protection area in Simmesport, La. Some of the worst flooding in Mississippi is in the area from Vicksburg northeast to Yazoo City, along the Yazoo River

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May 17: Floodwaters surround the Golding Barge Line offices in Vicksburg, Miss. The Coast Guard closed the swollen Mississippi River north of New Orleans, halting cargo vessels on the nation's busiest waterway in the latest effort to reduce pressure from rising floodwaters.

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May 17: Farmers work as floodwaters from the Mississippi River creep across their fields in Natchez, Miss. The Coast Guard closed the swollen Mississippi River north of New Orleans, halting cargo vessels on the nation's busiest waterway in the latest effort to reduce pressure from rising floodwaters.

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May 17: Floodwaters from the Mississippi River swirl around Diamond Jacks Casino in Vicksburg, Miss.

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May 17: Workers reinforce Hesco baskets in preparation for expected flooding from the opening of the Morganza Spillway, in Krotz Springs, La.

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May 16: Flooding in Greensville, MS. (Fox News)

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May 16: Flooding in Greensville, MS. (Fox News)

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May 16: Flooding in Greensville, MS. (Fox News)

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May 16: President Barack Obama is greeted by Booker T. Washington High School students Cassandra Henderson, left, and Christopher Dean, after stepping off Air Force One in Memphis, Tenn. Obama will meet with families affected by flooding and deliver the commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School.

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May 16: Water covers the front yard of homes along Ohio Route 252 near Valley City, Ohio. Areas in northeast Ohio remain under flood warnings with rain forecast to continue until the weekend.

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May 15: Louisiana National Guard specialist Josh Cummings watches as a backhoe drops dirt into baskets in Krotz Springs, La. Many residents are evacuating in advance of forecasted flooding brought on by the opening of the Morganza Spillway north of Krotz Springs. (AP)

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May 14: Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza. Water from the inflated Mississippi River gushed through a floodgate Saturday for the first time in nearly four decades and headed toward thousands of homes and farmland in the Cajun countryside, threatening to slowly submerge the land under water up to 25 feet deep. (AP)

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May 14: The Morganza Spillway, center, which allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin, is seen from the air in Morganza, La. In an agonizing trade-off, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River and inundate thousands of homes and farms in parts of Louisiana's Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger disaster in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

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May 13: A house is surrounded by water in Kings Community, Miss.

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May 13: The Mississippi River floods Kings Community, Miss.

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May 13: The mighty Mississippi River surrounds a house in Kings Community, Miss., after overflowing its banks.

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May 13: The town of Kings Community, Miss., is swallowed up by the Mississippi River.

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May 13: A house is surrounded by water in Kings Community, Miss.

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May 12: A resident drives slowly on River Road north of Yazoo City, Miss., as the flood waters begin to submerge the street.

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May 12: Seth Robinson, 4, looks around at the Yazoo River flooding of his father's corn crop on farm land along River Road, north of Yazoo City, Miss.

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May 12: A carp tries to swim from the backwater that has flooded the corn fields across River Road north of Yazoo City, Miss.

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May 11: A wall tries to keep the mighty Mississippi River from flooding the town of Vicksburg, Miss.

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May 11: The Mississippi River floods the town of Vicksburg, Miss.

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May 11: Workers try to repair leaks coming out of a wall in Vicksburg, Miss.

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May 11: The town of Vicksburg, Miss., is under water as the Mississippi River overflows its banks.

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Swelling Mississippi River Devastates Homes, Farmland

As the Mississippi River swells, areas along the river, stretching from Illinois to Louisiana, face severe flooding. Emergency workers try to protect small towns, farms and urban areas.

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