We just talked with a man who lives right behind a levee holding back the Mississippi, in West Illinois farm country. He was out watering the dry dirt road from West Quincy to the levee so passing cars wouldn't kick up so much dust and blow it into house.
He told us this levee is still holding strong and it's the only one that held up during the 1993 floods.
A little later, down Highway 57, we arrived in Marblehead, where the levee had broken. These folks are definitely not lucky. Their homes and garages are under water, so is their farmland.
Another piece of Americana swept away by the big river. It's unbelievable that just a few minutes apart, landscape and life are so different.
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