VIDALIA, LA - MAY 16: SPEC Brandon Powell of the Louisiana National Guard directs a helicopter as it place a 2,500-pound sandbag along a failing levee constructed around the Vidalia Conference and ... more 
VIDALIA, LA - MAY 16: SPEC Brandon Powell of the Louisiana National Guard directs a helicopter as it place a 2,500-pound sandbag along a failing levee constructed around the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center May 16, 2011 in Vidalia, Louisiana. Heavy spring rains left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and have caused widespread flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. On May 14 the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza spillway in Louisiana to divert water from the rising Mississippi River down the Atchafalaya River and away from the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) less 
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Mon, May 16, 2011 8:43 PM EDT