Levees along Mississippi River basin seem to be working
Workers use sandbags to try and stop floodwater from seeping through a levee gate in Vicksburg, Mississippi, last week.
May 17th, 2011
10:17 AM ET

Levees along Mississippi River basin seem to be working

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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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Joey

    Vicksburg has special memories for me going back many decades.
    Going there is always a powerful experience. I'm sure it'll be fine on my next visit.
    Stay strong, Vicksburg.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Azram

    The people of Vicksburg are of fine stock. They have survived worse.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    My great-grandfather survived its siege The stories of how he did it were told many times at our house.
    I'm still here. Vicksburg will be, too.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ken

    What siege? Cival War?

    May 17, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey

    Was there a later siege? I know your next question.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. avwatch_live

    Avwatch aircraft are currently filming and streaming live video from the air in the Vicksburg area. http://www.youtube.com/avwatchlive.

    May 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Emily

    Natchez and Vidella would not have been flooded (or as badly) had the goverment not released the water to save Baton Rouge and New Orleans. - Will the goverment pay for the homes in the small towns that were lost because the goverment believed that they should "sacrifice the few for the many"?

    May 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |