People use shovels to paddle their way through Pearl River floodwaters in Jackson, Mississippi [Rogelio V Solis [AP]
It has been a very wet winter across much of the southeastern United States with many cities recording well above average rainfall amounts.
The first two weeks of the month have been extremely wet for the region with a large area seeing more than 175 millimetres (7 inches) of rain.
For some cities, this winter has already been the wettest to date. From December 1 last year to February 15, Columbia, South Carolina had 457mm (18in), Greenville, South Carolina with 557mm (21.94in), and Starkville, Mississippi recorded 676mm (26.61in).
All that rain eventually needs to go somewhere and for the southeast, which is into the rivers and tributaries