Mississippi River Flooding: Man Builds Moat to Save Home

When you can't have your own private island, you can always create your own.

Russell, as the video below identifies him, has put more than a good amount of effort into saving his house from the White River flood waters. He's gone so far as to build a moat that seems to have kept his property in pristine condition up to this point. Friends and family recently joined him to add sandbags to the moat, in order to fight rising waters.

It's incredible, and even picturesque, despite the tragic flooding.

The White River flood is a part of the larger Mississippi River flooding which has reached historic levels. However, this Arkansas man seems to have found an answer to the problem for himself.




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Grandma

'CAN THEY GO SOME WHERES IN THEIR CAR ??

May 19 2011 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hosiv

They should let these people build their houses on stilts.
Thats how they are in galvenston texas.
Even the hotels are on stilts and the worst you could
is your car or outside furniture which is quicker to replace

May 18 2011 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
onestep0416

looks great, good luck from philly pa. are goverment should take a page out of this gents, plans. i belive with a little help ,they could have saved a lot of homes,. good luck and godbless.

May 18 2011 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ester

Now that it's done , it looks like a moat but you are right, Martin, he built a levee. God help those innocent victims who are losing everything they have. My father took us to see the Delaware flooding in Pennsylvania many years ago and I will never forget it.

May 18 2011 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ester

Now that it's done , it looks like a moat but you are right, Martin, he built a levee. God help those innocent victims who are losing everything they have. My father took us to see the Delaware flooding in Pennsylvania many years ago and I will never forget it.

May 18 2011 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
martinkaye

The title of your article is dead wrong. Whoever wrote this is an idoit. The man built a levee to protect his home. His digging the dirt out of the ground was to build the LEVEE. A moat does not keep water out. I would like to know if the writer has any education.

May 18 2011 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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adofilli

your not from Galveston are you?

May 18 2011 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stlouisbachelor

i don't know where these idiots are, but here in IL/MO any water outside of the main river channel's flood stage is a no wake zone. this idiot cruises right by other people's houses on plane throwing out a wake that does incredibe structural damage to property. if you get caught doing that up here, they will arrest you and confiscate your boat.

i'd like to circle that idiot's dike on plane and show him what a wake will do to soft mud. what a bunch of hoosiers.

May 18 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dfvboulder

wow. to the dike, not the moat. the moat is just a clever backup to the dike.

May 18 2011 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barry Mack

AOL has turned to a VERY LIB site with Huffpost as a mainstay.

May 18 2011 at 8:42 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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saltylights2

The man has amazing friends and he's discovered just who they are!!

May 18 2011 at 4:29 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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