TUNICA, Miss. (AP) -- The levees held.
But that doesn't mean the record Mississippi River flood of 2011
didn't leave destruction in its wake.
As hundreds of Mississippi residents struggle to get back into
homes and casinos say business is still down, the Army Corps of
Engineers is reinforcing damaged levees as another flood season
According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, 334
buildings flooded in Tunica County and 2,679 flooded in 12 counties
combined. Insurance consultant AON Benefield estimated that the
flood caused $5 billion in property and crop damage in the entire
Mississippi valley, with Mississippi estimates in the hundreds of
Although some people had flood insurance or qualified for
elevation grants, that hasn't been enough for everyone. Larry
McMullen, a retiree, estimated only 10 or 11 homes in Nel-Win were
occupied full-time this spring, with many unrepaired or vacant.