In downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi, there are huge retaining walls designed to hold back waters when the Mississippi River floods.
The walls feature portraits of the city’s history, from Native Americans that lived on the high bluffs to scenes from the Civil War battle that helped the North capture the Mississippi.
But the gates that seal the walls are old, and leaks have sprung. Meanwhile, in other low-lying areas of the city, houses have flooded, electric lines are down and people are taking boats through neighborhoods to survey the damage.
As the swollen Mississippi has rolled from Arkansas to Louisiana, thousands of homes have been flooded with losses and damages potentially in the billions of dollars.
But experts and officials agree: It could be much worse.
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