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Lauderdale County Disaster Management Director Jim Jarrett uses a motorboat to survey the river flood impact on the people and property of this county in Tennessee, on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Homes were constructed on stilts; or float on Styrofoam blocks tethered to stationary poles. Most homes on floats survived well, but needed extensions welded to the poles before the rivers crested. The one seen to the left of Jarrett might have malfunctioned and became partially submerged and it's propane tank went adrift. The Mississippi and two other rivers border Lauderdale County on three sides. Today’s task was to look at as many of the approximately 300 homes in the county's river basin as possible. This area is near Open Lake. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

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Taken on May 21, 2011