In the small Louisiana town of Vidalia on the bank of the Mississippi River, officials aren't afraid of losing homes.
They're afraid of losing jobs _ some 300 of them _ and the $75 million buildings that generate them.
So with the promise of a record-setting crest heading toward them, town officials, employees, contractors and parish prisoners went to work to build levees around the hotel, hospital, medical center and convention center that lie between the river and towering levee that protects the rest of the town.
Mayor Hyram Copeland says it only took a week to erect the 8-foot high barriers around each building and the town's two water wells. He says he's confident all will be safe despite the highest water level the town has ever seen.