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Makeshift Levees Protect Homes From Flooding

Mississippi residents take matters into their own hands
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2011 5:51 PM CDT
Makeshift Levees Protect Homes From Flooding
A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River near Vicksburg, Mississippi.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Some homeowners are putting up a fight against the mighty Mississippi and its tributaries, notes Popular Science. The AP and Getty have remarkable images of homes near Vicksburg shielded by makeshift levees. It's "a testament to the human instinct to protect hearth and home," notes Clay Dillow. Click to read about the first fatality linked to the Mississippi flooding. (Read more Mississippi stories.)

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