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Flood Waters Along the Mississippi River

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The flood waters along the Mississippi are reaching their crests, leaving record highs up and down the river. Emergency spillways built after the great flood of 1927 to allow the river to flow over former flood plains are being put to use. Hundreds of homes on the flood plains have been evacuated, but not everyone has had the resources to construct levees or put their homes on risers.

Upstream, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the historic Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Station is seen here surrounded by floodwater on May 17. Vicksburg is the last major city before the flow of the river meets the spillways where it’s diverted into the Atchafalaya River and adjoining swamplands. The Mississippi River crested at Vicksburg yesterday at a record high of 14.1 feet above flood stage, but did not breach the main levee or inundate the city. One person has died as a result of the floods.

The Morganza Spillway, last opened during the floods of 1973, was opened again on May 14 to help alleviate the high waters upstream and protect New Orleans and Baton Rouge downstream. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened 17 bays, allowing 114,000 cubic feet per second of water to flow into the flood plains — similar in power to Niagara Falls (which operates at a minimum of 100,000 cubic ft per second during peak hours).

Floodwater from the  from the Yazoo River is seen here inundating crops on May 18, 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooded Mississippi River is forcing the Yazoo River to top its banks where the two meet near Vicksburg, causing towns and farms upstream on the Yazoo to flood.

A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River on May 18, 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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Via Discovery

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