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Elise Clair plays with blades of grass atop a sandbag levee in Pierre Part, Louisiana on May 15. A day after Army engineers opened a key spillway to relieve flooding along the Mississippi River, residents of small Louisiana towns braced on Sunday for a surge of water that could leave thousands of homes and farms under as much as 20 feet of water. Scores of US heartland rivers from the Dakotas to Ohio have flooded following a snowy winter and heavy spring rains, feeding near-record crests on the lower Mississippi River.

PHOTO: Sean Gardner/Reuters

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