Mississippi threatened by worst flooding in 84 years

May 1, 2011NATCHEZ, MS. – A devastating flood is heading to tornado-ravaged Mississippi, which could cause levels of destruction not seen since the Great Flood of 1927, forecasters have warned. The enormous levees lining the Mississippi River are likely to be seriously strained in the coming days, adding further danger to a region already shattered by deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms. Governors in Mississippi and Louisiana have issued severe flood warnings and declared states of emergency in the regions. Authorities along the swollen waterway in both states are warning nearby residents to brace themselves for the possibility of huge flooding in the coming weeks. The weather warnings come as the area is struggling to recover from the worst recorded storms to hit the South in 40 years. More than 100 tornadoes have ripped through the heart of neighboring Alabama in the past days, killing at least 238 people and flattening entire neighborhoods. –Daily Mail
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13 Responses to Mississippi threatened by worst flooding in 84 years

  1. Alvin, I believe you need to get a story up for what is going on in and around the missippi, this looks to be getting to be pretty nasty, http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/weather/all-eyes-on-the-mississippi-river-rpt-20110428?obref=obinsite,The one you gotta watch is the Red River.
    If that one starts to rise along with the Mississippi, then Louisiana is big trouble.

    Having said that, Atchafalaya Basin is Custer’s Last Stand, so to speak, so keep an eye on the Northern levees there.

    Epic flooding of the Missisip & Red would create catastrophic flooding of the Atchafalaya and would essentially wipe out the entire central portion of Louisiana–from Alexandria in Rapides Parish to Houma in Terrebonne Parish. That’s a lot of people wiped out. I was not aware of this situation…

    my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone effected by this disaster! This could be far worse than the recent tornatoes, I just can`t belive there isn`t much coverage on the news,One of The LARGEST flood control system in the WORLD. Transportation on the Mississippi could be paralyzed! How much commerce moves up and down the mississippi river???? This alone will have an enormous impact on the whole country.

    David

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    • jamie says:

      Andrew ( son/22 ), Anthony ( son/28 ), Amanda ( daughter-in-law 27 ), Mason ( grandson 1 ) and Emma (granddaughter 4 ) all live in Crowley, Louisiana.
      Thank you, Mr. Conway, for the warning.

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    • jamie says:

      David, could you please tell us how you came by this information? I am warning family but they want verification from an “official” source…unfortunately. In the news report it does not mention what you have stated above so they are taking this lightly.
      Thanks for any information you could forward.

      With Respect….

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      • Marilyn says:

        The Atchafalaya Basin is where the Mississippi River really wants to travel to empty into the Gulf at this point naturally. It is because of the levees that this does not happen. The Atchafalaya Basin is the path of least resistance for the Mississippi River. It is controlled with a 30/70 ratio…30 percent of the Mississippi river is allowed to drain through this areas.

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  2. Shawnta says:

    I see a horse there in the mud swirl in the river on the left middle…weird.
    I have family still living in LA, and I am very concerned about them especially after seeing the flooding.
    Praying for everyone’s safety.

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  3. Chondra says:

    Has the gov blown the levey in Ill yet? I just read about that a day or two ago. A judge said it was OK to blow the levey in the ILL area to save a small town.

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  4. K says:

    😦 Very scary

    An article on MSNBC said this ‘Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday to block federal officials from destroying a Mississippi River levee as they try to prevent flooding in a small Illinois city’

    ‘Cairo, menaced by the dangerously swollen Mississippi and Ohio rivers, was evacuated late Saturday. Passing thunderstorms dumped rain overnight on the already waterlogged region, and water levels hit a record along the Ohio River early Sunday, adding to the worries of emergency officials’

    We are only going to get more rain through May. God be with them.

    God Bless

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  5. Debra says:

    I don’t think it is a horse – but it looks like a horse – I still see it as a sign…

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  6. Lisa says:

    Alvin this may be a silly question, but I am from Memphis…will all this water effect the fault line we sit on?

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