Monday, March 31, 2008

April Theme Day: Water....The Floodwaters of the Mighty Mississippi

Mississippi River at Flood stage 2
Mississippi River at Flood stage 3
Mississippi River at Flood stage

For the April theme day of "Water", I had visions of posting one of my several favorite, most beautiful Memphis water features. But, the current flooding of the Mississippi River is quite compelling, and was the natural choice for me for Theme Day. This past weekend, the river crested at over 37 feet (flood stage is 34 feet), with even more rain in the forecast this week for this entire region. You can see a photo of the beautiful Mississippi at her sparkling best linked in the paragraph below.


The first view is from Mud Island, looking south toward the M Bridge. This view is almost identical to the one I shared here, except I took the older photo from the tree line that you see currently under water in the newer photo above. The park bench that I shared here is currently under water, also.

The second photo shows the view across the Mississippi looking toward the river bank in Arkansas. The Mississippi at this point is almost a mile wide, so for it to rise as much as you can see in these photos, you can imagine the additional volume of water the river has gained in the past few weeks.

During the Great Flood of 1937 which set flood stage records here, my father (at age 11) went with his father to help sandbag the area at Front Street and Poplar Ave. We looked up the statistics on the flood stage in 1937, and that year the river was 11 feet higher than it is currently. He also said that there is nothing heavier than sandbags that have been sitting out in the rain.

All affected by the flooding this year are in our thoughts.

There are currently 178 blogs participating in this Theme Day. Please stop by each one for a visit and to enjoy their wonderful offerings:

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30 comments:

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

It's beenthe same around here...

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Gorgeous photos, sad story behind them...

Clueless in boston said...

I like the first photo, the one of Mud Island, best. I hope the flooding doesn't get too bad. Have a great theme day.

Kate said...

The Mighty Mississippi at any stage is a strong image.

brian said...

Happy April Fool's day and Theme day!! Nice flood photos, a necessary part of nature i suppose.. and what would a flood be without water?

Sally said...

Certainly a mighty force of nature. Pity humans and stuff get in the way!

Thiên said...

Wow, those are some amazing photographs!!

Ming the Merciless said...

Opps! I forgot today was theme photo day until I saw your post.

Thanks! I swapped out the original photo for a new one to reflect the selected theme.

Thanks for "reminding" me. :-)

Halcyon said...

Really interesting. I didn't realize the Mississippi was so high.

George Townboy said...

Fantastic photos! Interesting history, especially about your Dad and the sandbags. Let's hope you don't have to repeat his actions!

gizelle said...

Everything looks wonderful even if the sun isnt there yet!

Happy theme day!

Jilly said...

Wonderful photographs of the flooding. What a mighty river. Hope the water recedes soon. Great choice - the only choice for you - for today's theme.

slinger said...

prepare for more....we just got dumped on up in Minnesota....the snow variety, but it's soon to warm and it will be your way soon.

Great photos.

Slinger - Daily Photos from the Twin Cities

magiceye said...

lovely pics... hope the flooding doesnt cause much damage

R&R in The Netherlands said...

Truly mighty, and as you've shown sometimes dangerous!

Jim said...

Hopefully its gone down and stays down for the rest of the season.

Steve Buser said...

I was up on the levee of the Mississippi here a few days ago, noticing how high it is rising. It won't crest for a few more days.
A very poignant theme day shot you have here.

Hyde DP said...

Floods are always a rweminder of the power of water - Old Hyde has a reminder of a 1906 flood today.

Chris said...

Good choices, even though it's awful that the river is flooding. I meant to ask you about that. . . .

Olivier said...

vraiment tres impressionnante ces photos.
Really very impressive these photos.

Tanya said...

Amazing photos! If only there was a way to send all that extra water to drought ridden places, like ATL!
By the way, we have a Miss Daisy too :)

zentmrs said...

Great shots of the Mighty Miss! Growing up in Minnesota, I've visited the start of the river and love to see how it changes as it travels to the ocean.

Rambling Round said...

Hey, thanks for getting out in all that to share it with us.

smilnsigh said...

I guess it could be said of this photo, that it is one of sad but mighty beauty.

PAT said...

Hi Andrea...we returned from the lake this afternoon. We had more rain there over the weekend. I've heard, here and there, this year could be another '93! The Ferry we take to IL has reopened and I've heard there is a traffic jam of barges on the Mississippi.

Pat

Inkster1 said...

This is hard to look at. Water can be so beautiful, yet so horribly destructive. Good thoughts to all.

Dusty Lens said...

Always interesting to see the Mississippi downriver from here. We recived more than 8 inches of heavy wet snow. Expect more water downriver.

Jana said...

Great photos!

Lessie said...

Fantastic post. Very sobering.

Neva said...

A great choice....for a terrible thing...flooding is not fun. Hope you are high and dry.