Floodwater released from a key Mississippi River spillway surged through the Louisiana bayou on Tuesday, and levees protecting the state's two biggest cities held as river flows neared their peak, Reuters reported.

Weeks of heavy rains and runoff from an unusually snowy winter caused the Mississippi River to rise, flooding thousands of homes and 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) of farmland in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas in the United States.

The Mississippi River Flooding is being compared to the historic floods in 1927 and 1937.

As houses and agricultural fields lie submerged in the flood waters, check out some of the latest aerial views of the flood below:

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