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May 19, 2011

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A home is protected from encroaching floodwaters by a levee near Yazoo City, Miss. Weeks of heavy rains and runoff from an unusually snowy winter caused the Mississippi River to rise, flooding thousands of homes and 3 million acres of farmland in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas, evoking comparisons to the historic floods of 1927 and 1937.

PHOTO: Eric Thayer/Reuters

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