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Mississippians build make-shift levees as fail-safe measure

Posted On Fri, May 20, 2011

Levees in Mississippi are holding back massive amounts of water to prevent residents from being flooded out of their houses, but homeowners aren't taking any chances and are resorting to some fail-safe measures.

According to the UK-based newspaper the Daily Mail, several residents in Vicksburg are surrounding their homes with large amounts of sand and dirt in an effort to build what amounts to a makeshift levee.

It's not just homeowners building their very own levees, however, as local businesses are constructing them as well. The paper reports a local cement company, Dirt Works, Inc., built one but the high water levels caused it to burst earlier this week.

While several towns bordering the Mississippi River have been ravaged by flooding, some observers say Vicksburg has bared the brunt of it. However, relief may be in the offing, as multiple reports indicate the Mississippi River has finally reached its peak.

Once the waters recede, homeowners throughout the Gulf Coast will likely be reviewing their home insurance policy to see if it contains flood insurance. Conventional home insurance policies may require people to purchase flood insurance separately.

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