This home in Vicksburg, Mississippi is surrounded by tons of earth and sand as its owner tries to hold back the flood waters from the Yazoo River
Islands in the stream: The extraordinary homemade dams holding back the Mississippi as desperate residents try to save their homesBy Daily Mail Reporter
May 21, 2011
- Residents go to extreme measures to save their homes
- Flooding claims its first death
These homes in Vicksburg are all situated along the Yazoo River, a tributary of the overflowing Mississippi River, and their owners have surrounded themselves with tons of earth and sand.
With questions over whether the main levees that protect the area from floods would hold, these farmers took no chances and have so far saved their homes and crops from destruction.
Vicksburg has seen the worst of the floods with the Mississippi River's height swelling to 56.3 feet at its highest point, eclipsing the record set in 1927.
Employees at Dirt Works, Inc, a cement production business in South Vicksburg, built a makeshift levee to protect the business but it burst on Monday.
The Yazoo River's Backwater Levee connects with the main Mississippi River levee, and with the Mississippi River overflowing the Yazoo River has been forced to top its banks where they meet, near Vicksburg.
With heavy rains having left the ground saturated there has been widespread flooding along three million acres of farmland from Illinois to Louisiana along the Mississippi.
Around 15 miles of the Mississippi River, which had been closed since Tuesday, has now been reopened with the region and the nation absorbing huge financial losses from the closure.
Leaking: This homeowner sealed off the driveway to their house but water has crept in over the back of the makeshift levee - not surprising when the Mississippi River's height has swollen to 56.3 feet - a record high
Braced: The flooding is expected to reach its highest point in Vicksburg tomorrow
Built up: This homeowner has turned their house into an island in the 300 acres of flooded farmland around the Mississippi River
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