Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Mississippi river flooding claims first death: Walter Cook, 69

Floodwaters surround farmland near Yazoo City, Miss. (By Dave Martin/Associated Press)

As waters continued to rise in Mississippi, firefighters pulled a man from the water, believed to be the first to die as a result of the overflowing water. Walter Cook, 69, had been clinging to a fence in chest-deep water when two firefighters on boat patrol in downtown Vicksburg saw him. By the time they reached him, however, he was floating in the water, the Associated Press reports.

Read more about the flooding here.
Floodwaters from the Yazoo river creep across fields of crops near Yazoo City. (By Dave Martin/Associated Press)

For thousands of people forced from their homes by the rising Mississippi River, life has become a tedious waiting game: waiting for meals at shelters, waiting for the latest word on their flooded homes, waiting for the river to fall. (By Dave Martin/Associated Press)

A boat carrying prison trustees, who are used as workers against the flood, motors through the Mississippi River's floodwaters and past the Riverside Medical Complex, which is protected by a wall of Hesco baskets. (By Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

Debris floats in floodwaters surrounding the Bethlehem MB Church in Vicksburg, Miss. (By Dave Martin/Associated Press)

Fireman Donald Carter maneuvers past flooded homes in Vicksburg. (By Dave Martin/Associated Press)

The historic Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Station is surrounded by floodwater. (By Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Zeth Rogers walks through the flooding Atchafalaya River in Simmesport, La. (By Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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