Members of the Missouri National Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lincoln County officials, and a lot of volunteers have worked tirelessly to erect a huge barrier at Winfield, north of St. Louis, to protect the community following a breach in the Pin Oak levee.

Tens of thousands of sandbags are being used to keep parts of the town that are still dry – safe from the filthy water of the Mississippi River. The levee gave way around 5 o’clock Friday morning, in part because of the work of muskrats. Authorities point to muskrat burrows allowing floodwater to get into the levee and bring about the breach.