[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/20/art.clarksvilleflood.jpg caption="Volunteers work to protect a home from the rising flood waters of the Mississippi River Thursday, June 19 in Clarksville, Mo."]
In Clarksville, Missouri, this morning, I watched the water slowly creep up on the edge of town. Then it withdraw a little.
People here aren't out of danger though, and they know it. The sandbagging didn't stop. The river may crest soon.
One man told us, he can sigh with relief... for now.
Some may say it's the risk you take living by the river. It's beautiful and fertile. But every so often, the river explodes, and there are consequences. Maybe she wants to test humanity.
What we've seen here is that despite the river's fury, humanity can win.
Not physically. I'm not sure levees will ever be perfect. I'm not sure man can really beat nature. But in a spiritual sense, humanity can triumph.
What's most amazing is the resiliance and determination of people here. I saw friends and strangers helping one another, giving up their time to save communities. The sense of pride and the spirit of humanity just as big as the flood itself.
I'm on my way home now, miles away from the flood zone. What I've seen here is that nature can always dominate a while, but people win, with compassion and humility.
And I am humbled.
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