The Flood Waters Swallowed Their Neighbors Whole. These People Were Geniuses.

During a national disaster, citizens of an impacted town are told to evacuate as fast as possible. People generally drop whatever they have, pack into a car, and run.

But when these citizens of the South were faced with their own natural disaster, they handled exactly the way you’d expect!

When the waters of the Mississippi River broke in April 2011, it created one of the largest and the most damaging floods in the U.S. But some residents decided they wouldn’t let their homes be destroyed…

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… and took matters into their own hands instead of letting THIS happen.

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They created mini-islands together!

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… of course, some of them failed.

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Whoops…

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(via Amusing Planet)

Although these didn’t all work, the cooperation needed to create these “islands” to save surrounding neighbors is incredibly moving. It brings a newfound respect for the South, where your neighbors are your family, and makes me want to move there ASAP.