Sunday, May 15, 2011

At Epicenter of 1927 River Flood, A Town On Edge~Chris Kirkham
~GREENVILLE, Miss. -- There’s an old saying in this stretch of the South: "The people of the Delta fear God and the Mississippi River." That phrase has an added significance in this river town of about 35,000 people. It was just north of Greenville that the river burst its seams in 1927, causing the largest levee break in the history of the Mississippi Valley and forever changing the fate of this Delta town. ~Hat Tip to LaCoastPost
~Editilla Beautellas~ You can look on a map and find where I grew up "just north of Greenville". My father was 7 yrs old in 1927. My grandfather lost a lot of land to that flood -though more, I'm told, to the great depression which followed.

~Editilla Crowtellas~ We are gratified to note that Your New Orleans Ladder is now clocking an average 700 hits/day (hpd), cracking 1200 the past 2 days. Due in no small measure to our non-stop, maniacal coverage of the 2008 Great Midwest Floods (see archives), as well as no sleep par for the course during entire Hurricanes, we've seen this happen upon the advent of catastrophic threats be they a Natural or Man-made Disaster such as the BP Oil Crime last year.
When the shit hits the fan Gentle'rillas climb this Ladder.
My behavior during such events is due directly and painfully to the 1st week of the Federal Flood of New Orleans 8/29/05. I cannot explain it past that, though often will find myself apologizing to someone who inadvertently (or not) crossed The Line with your ho ho homble Editilla. Shall we suffer the slings of outrageous horse shit? Nay I say. Take arms against a sea of Corps Engineers, and by opposing end them? Weellll, how'bout We just give'em the finger and let it ride.
I do hope everyone gets what they need here. We call it Stitch'hiking the Internets. Thanks yous all for dropping by!

Mississippi River replacing Lake Pontchartrain~WVUE

River level views from the French Quarter ~Kandace Graves, Gambit
~With the Mississippi River just a half-foot from cresting in New Orleans, here are a couple of pictures taken at the Moonwalk in the French Quarter

~Retweet @~Mississippi River photo set. From 9 mile point, Carrollton, the Fly, and IHNC inlet.

Many are getting the terms Floodway and Floodplain mixed up
~Sandy Rosenthal

~Retweet @~Four bays are now open in the Morganza spillway, according to , who is with the Army Corps of Engineers.
~Retweet @ ~Picture from above 5 miles south of the Morganza Spillway, from WBRZ photographer Chris Sasser

~Retweet @ Lizzie O'Leary~West Baton Rouge bank. Flooded refinery docks on opposite side.

~Retweet @ Lizzie O'Leary~These folks are not going with a piecemeal evacuation approach.

Mandatory Evacuations ordered for part of St. Landry Parish

Residents in Morganza Spillway pack up belongings but many refuse to go

In Gibson, LA 'What gives them the right to flood us?'

USDA to pay for flood-damaged crops in Atchafalaya Basin

Mississippi floods strain levee system; defy efforts to control river
~Seen from high above, the Mississippi River inundates fields just north of Caruthersville, Mo., and west of Ridgely, Tenn., in this image taken by an Expedition 27 crew member aboard the International Space Station on Thursday.

New Orleans family oyster company sees only dark days ahead
~Bret Anderson

Dragon boats draw thousands to Red River in Alexandria ~Town Talk

Mississippi River flood claims Tunica's Riverpark Museum in North MS

Bonnet Carre' Spillway Gallery
~Coleen Perilloux Landry

A Watery Weekend
~Judyb54, NOLAFemmes

Audubon Park Bird Island mysteriously abandoned~Bruce Eggler

Nagin's Impending Book and Trial
~The Frog Pond

Mister Piggy endorses Miss Piggy. A pigs love mud update ~Slabbed

New Orleans is trying loans to entice grocers to the city~Cullen Wheatley
~On an uncharacteristically cool Thursday in May, construction crews at the corner of St. Claude and St. Roch avenues are hustling to finish work on the New Orleans Food Co-op, a purple, pink and orange beacon of recovery that sits in a neighborhood speckled with Hurricane Katrina X's.

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