Water from the Mississippi River rushes through the Old River Control Structure toward the Atchafalaya Basin in Concordia Parish, La. The gates were opened to help relieve rising floodwaters. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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A member of the Louisiana National Guard stands guard as water diverted through the Morganza Spillway begins to fill a pasture in Morganza, La., on Saturday. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Victims of the 1927 Mississippi Valley flood camped on a levee in Arkansas City, Ark. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hide caption

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Florida's Legislature is cutting some $30 million from Everglades restoration to help close the state's $4 billion budget shortfall. Getty Images hide caption

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People wait in line at the Boynton Beach Civic Center in Palm Beach County, Fla., for early voting, on Oct. 22, 2008. That year, early voting helped Barack Obama carry the state. Now, Republicans want to shorten the number of days Floridians can vote early. Marc Serota/Getty Images hide caption

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A family from New Orleans visits a beach in Pensacola, Fla., just before spring break season last month. In the distance, workers continue to clean up after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Eric Thayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott at a news conference last month in Tallahassee. Steve Cannon/AP hide caption

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