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A makeshift levee saved the town of Hamburg, Iowa, from Missouri River floodwaters in 2011, and so residents began a desperate fight to keep it. But money needed to fix the levee never came. Now, after overflowing rivers wrecked large portions of Nebraska and Iowa over the last week, much of Hamburg is under water. The swollen Missouri River invaded houses and turned streets into canals. Residents are wondering if homes will be salvageable and if they will receive federal help to save the town from future floods. Some speak with pride about enduring nature’s whims: “We all know, living between two rivers, that something like this can happen,” said Heather Garcia, referring to the Nishnabotna and Missouri Rivers. “But it’s our home. And we just keep going.” John Hayes, another resident, was more pessimistic: “I have a gut, bad feeling that this might be the end of this little town.” @hlswift shot this photo. Visit the link in our profile to read more from Mitch Smith, who was in Hamburg this week speaking with residents and covering the flood.