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Soldiers Sandbagging the Levee
In May of 1943, 500 soldiers from nearby Camp Ellis reinforced the Beardstown levee. The town was evacuated for two weeks, but the levee held. This is referred to as the Dry Flood of 1943.

Photograph courtesy of Harold Tyson, Beardstown, Illinois.

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