Americans take a gamble with the Mississippi floods

Guardian: A levee protects a house from the flooded Mississippi near Vicksburg. The Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg was one of the last gambling establishments operating on the Mississippi during these historic floods, and the management lined the drive with insistent signs. "Still open", they said, "Still happy". Another sign, an electric one, bragged about the new decor. Workers had stuck pink plastic flamingos on the 4ft sand wall. The river had swallowed up the lawn and trees and was lapping at the parking......

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