Waterfront is better than waterlogged, reasoned residents facing floodwaters along a smaller tributary of the Mississippi river, many of whom went to great lengths in protecting their properties from rising tides.

Inverted moats of muddied sand and dirt stand guard, ringing yards or simply houses themselves – support structures, driveways and such were simply not worth saving to some, while others broadened their boundaries to accommodate these extras.

Some of these improvised barriers reach as high as the Vicksburg home they guard, while walls of this kind generally mean boat-only access to get in or out.

And there are no guarantees, either: if water levels rise high enough there is no retreat for vulnerable first floors and basements, perhaps whole houses if sufficiently weakened from the ordeal.

Planning is important, but luck plays a (sometimes unfortunate) roll as well. In most cases, there is no second line of defense. (via DailyMail)