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The Port of Lake Providence in Louisiana, along the Mississippi, is flooded.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arely D. Castillo / The News-Star

Floodwaters from the Mississippi River have closed Highway 61 north of Natchez, Miss. The Coast Guard closed the river north of New Orleans, halting cargo vessels in the latest effort to reduce pressure from rising water levels.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Martin / AP

A sign peaks out of the floodwater in the King's Community neighborhood of Vicksburg, Miss. The river is expected to crest there May 19.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Olson / Getty Images

Water department employees use a pump to try to clear a road in the King's Community neighborhood of Vicksburg, Miss.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Olson / Getty Images

Mark Lockwood of Vicksburg, Miss., checks on his flooded home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID JACKSON / The Vicksburg Post

Scott Dupre of the Department of Transportation and Development walks across Hesco bastion in Krotz Springs, La., in the Atchafalaya basin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SEAN GARDNER / Reuters

Before-and-after aerial views of the flood-stricken Mississippi River area. This is Helena, Ark., in 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Google / Google

Helena on Wednesday.

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Cape Girardeau, Mo., and McClure, Ill. in 2009.

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Cape Girardeau, Mo., and McClure, Ill., on Wednesday.

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Industrial site in W. Memphis, Ark., in 2010.

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Industrial site in W. Memphis, Ark., on Tuesday.

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Caruthersville, Mo., in 2009

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Caruthersville, Mo., on Tuesday.

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Mississippi River south of Caruthersville, Mo., in June 2009.

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Mississippi River south of Caruthersville, Mo., on Tuesday.

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Flooding from the Mississippi River has been severe in the historic Civil War town.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Ray / Associated Press

A sign at a baseball diamond pokes above the floodwater in the King's Community neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Olson / Getty Images

A warning is posted near a levee along the Mississippi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC THAYER / REUTERS

A street sign is partially submerged in the King's Community neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Olson / Getty Images

William Jefferson fishes in the street near his flooded home in the King's Community neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Olson / Getty Images

Members of the Vicksburg Fire Department and county workers travel through the flooded city to shore up the levee.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SEAN GARDNER / REUTERS

Vicksburg Fire Department members and county workers use sandbags to shore up the levee in hopes of slowing the rising floodwater.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SEAN GARDNER / REUTERS

Inmates from St. Martin Parish Correctional Center make sandbags as part of preparations in the area for the anticipated diversion of Mississippi River floodwater into the Atchafalaya Basin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerald Herbert / Associated Press

Baskets are filled with dirt along a residential neighborhood in preparation for flooding expected from the anticipated diversion of water into the Atchafalaya Basin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerald Herbert / Associated Press

City workers use sandbags to try to stop floodwater from seeping through a levee gate.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Olson / Getty Images

The gate to a rock quarry is mostly under water from the Mississippi River flooding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN ANDERSON / European Pressphoto Agency

Cars near downtown Memphis are submerged after the Wolf River overflowed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Brown / Commercial Appeal

The flooding in Memphis swallowed much of the riverfront recreation area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Brown / Commercial Appeal

A home is enveloped by flooding from the Mississippi River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN ANDERSON / European Pressphoto Agency

Water from the swollen Mississippi River surrounds the historic Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Co. depot in Vicksburg.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SEAN GARDNER / REUTERS

Wooded areas are largely hidden by floodwaters from the cresting of the Mississippi River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN ANDERSON / European Pressphoto Agency

An agricultural facility is engulfed by flooding from the Mississippi River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN ANDERSON / European Pressphoto Agency

A riverside casino is under water from the Mississippi River flooding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN ANDERSON / European Pressphoto Agency

A football field is barely visible beneath floodwaters from the swollen Mississippi River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN ANDERSON / European Pressphoto Agency

An industrial facility is flooded by the cresting of the Mississippi River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN ANDERSON / European Pressphoto Agency

Gary Dugger inspects the flooding outside his parents' home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN ANDERSON / European Pressphoto Agency

A pickup truck sits deep in water from the Mississippi River flooding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAN ANDERSON / European Pressphoto Agency

Homes on Memphis' Mud Island are surrounded by floodwaters from the swollen Mississippi River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

A residential area is inundated after the Mississippi River crested near record levels.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

Freddie Walker stacks sandbags to protect Ergon marina along the Mississippi River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SEAN GARDNER / REUTERS

Beverly Willson, left, and Melvina Jones carry belongings from their relatives' home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SEAN GARDNER / REUTERS

A home is partially submerged as floodwaters rise.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC THAYER / REUTERS

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3 Comments

  1. May 14, 2011, 12:06 pm

    It breaks my heart to see that this is happening here in U.S. soil.

    By: fprieto91@yahoo.com
  2. May 14, 2011, 12:25 pm

    I see this picture and tears want to come down, because I feel pain when I was just a kid in the 1950's in my hometown in Mexico.

    By: fprieto91@yahoo.com
  3. May 15, 2011, 11:43 pm

    ThIs is so crazzii i was and new orlens when kartina hit in it nohing nice i just wish and pray dat everyone is okay but when they say leave the area the. Should have left cause its nothing nice and kartina was so sad coming back home seeing dead body every where its mess me up special when I seen little kids out there and could swin dats sad so I hope and wish and pray that every one gonna make it and be okay

    By: diamond Shaw

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