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This Island Home Is Nowhere Near An Ocean Or Lake. I Freaked Out When I Found Out Why.

When a natural disaster occurs, particularly a flood, people generally heed the advice of the local authorities by packing up and heading inland. That is obviously a smart choice, since a flood literally takes everything in its path, including belongings, houses, and even the lives of those who choose to stick around.

On the other hand, there's something to be said for bravery and the innate desire to protect your home and those of your friends and neighbors.

In 2011, as the waters of the Mississippi River crested, the locals decided it was time to fight back against one of the costliest natural disasters in US history.


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And fight back they did to avoid having their homes end up looking like Lego pieces floating in a bathtub.


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Together, residents created virtual islands.


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While most succeeded, some did not…


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This was a near save, but the waters overtook a portion of the barrier.


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While not every attempt was a success, the mere fact that residents were willing to stick around and try to save the homes of fellow citizens was heartwarming. That spirit is the foundation of the South, where your neighbor is like your family.

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