8/12/11} Vicksburg} -- Vicksburg, MS, U.S.A. -- Highway 465 in Vicksburg is washed out by the rising Mississippi River. Members of The Corp of Engineering and Col. Eckstein hold a press conference on the Yazoo backwater levee, detailing how they are trying to contain the flood water from the Mississippi River from flooding over 1.2 million acres of farm land and damaging thousands of homes and disrupting thousands of people. Vicksburg a riverfront town steeped in war and sacrifice, gets set to battle an age-old companion: the Mississippi River. The city that fell to Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army after a painful siege in 1863 is marshalling a modern flood-control arsenal to keep the swollen Mississippi from overwhelming its defenses. PHOTO©SUZIALTMAN.COM.Photo by Suzi Altman, Freelance.