Giant berm protects single family home from flooding Mississippi River

“This levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River on May 18, 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooded Mississippi River is forcing the Yazoo River to top its banks where the two meet near Vicksburg — causing towns and farms upstream on the Yazoo to flood.”

                                                                                             –Scott Olson/Getty Images

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to Giant berm protects single family home from flooding Mississippi River

  1. I checked the link to the full gallery, and some photos here could be spread out to raise awareness. Knowing they live along the river, it’s the responsibility of the residents to plan and make necessary preventive and corrective action. The photo above is one clear example of how. It does take a lot of initiative to carry this out, though.

  2. An innovative idea like this should influence other communities (even those without nearside rivers) as well. It's a good way to prepare for things like this. I'm somehow fascinated by the photo gallery you shared through a link here… Phoebe is right, since it would really create awareness. But the photos can also become an inspiration. I was actually inspired by the photos showing how people helped each other after the flood.

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