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.

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