Skip to comments.The Great Memphis Flood of 2011
Posted on 05/07/2011 7:05:20 PM PDT by Palladin
Roads Closed Roads in Memphis / Shelby County Due to Flooding ■Old Mills S. of Watkins ■Chelsea west of McLean ■Evergreen south of Chelsea ■Highway 51 North bound and South bound lanes closed from Fite road to North watlkins ■Chelsea West of Evergreen ■Watkins @ Highway 51 (Alternative ways in and out of Northhaven and Shelby Forests use 51 to Rust Rd, Rust Rd to Woodstock-Cuba, Woodstock-Cuba to Locke, Locke to Walsh, Walsh to Fite, Fite to North Watkins) ■New allen @ Ridgemont bridge ■Scenic Hwy @ James Rd ■Rivergate @ Riverport ■Beale and Riverside ■Belmont @ Blue Map 22 B1-A ■Nonconnah Rd. from Anderson to Weaver including RoadsHarahan, Kin, Hazelwood and Gileas ■Harahan Rd. west of Anderson ■King Rd. west of Anderson ■Hazelwood Rd. west of Anderson ■4128 Palm Ave ■East Brooks Rd. @ I-55 Eastbound under I-55 ■2nd street from Wolf River to Harvester ■Island Place/ Henning @ Levee ■Chapel:New Raleigh to Cypress ■Herring Hill north @ Tipton County line ■OK Robertson from Fite to Robertson ■Billion Rd ■Fite Rd. at Grays Church ■2575 Fite Road in front of Dupont ■4116 Benjestown Rd ■Herring Hill North of Riverbluff to Tipton County Line ■Herring Hill North downhill from St. Paul to 8852 Herring Hill ■Walsh rd between Fite rd and Locke ■Fite Rd between Old Millington and 51 ■Old Millington @ 51 ■South Circle east of Horton ■Sullivan Road east of Neely Road ■Access to Mud Island special note concerning access ■1400 McNeil from the levee to the dead end ■Egypt Central @ New Allen ■Hawkins-Mill between Aline & University ■Weaver Rd between Mitchell & Peebles ■Locke Road @ Watkins ■Circle at NorthHaven ■Chelsea at McLean ■1900 Block of Locke
Commercial-Appeal has many photos:
Evacuations have started:
Memphis-area authorities this morning will begin distributing evacuation notices to nearly 1,100 homes, apartments and mobile homes threatened by flooding from the rising Mississippi River.
The notices, delivered by Memphis police, will go out to 959 residences in Memphis and 137 in outlying areas of Shelby County, said Division Chief Joseph Rike of the Memphis Fire Department. Citing security concerns, authorities declined to specify the street and neighborhoods where the evacuations will occur.
Thank you for the updates, FRiend — this is significant, and you’re providing the only line we have so far for coverage....
Please keep up the good work!!!!
So - why leave busses in low-lying areas? Not enough high ground to move them to? Or is it more convenient to just take the insurance payoff on them?
But back to the flood itself - oh the joys of building in a floodplain... The same river that has given so much will, from time to time, take back.
You are most welcome. I have relatives in Bolivar and Collierville, so I am keeping an eye on the news.
Truckers should know that parts of I-40 are closed for miles.
Will this be a repeat of N’Awlins and Katrina?
There are some similarities between the two cities. But I pray not.
I use to live in Millington, TN. This sounds serious. Prayers going up for you guys!!!!
In this case, it is a private company who owns and runs the buses. They park some pretty decrepit buses in that old car dealership - a victim of the Government Motors takeover. The Wolf River, which is what flooded this area has not been known to do so at that spot in a flash flood and the water came up all at once in a three day storm.
I don’t believe it will be like NO. The folks in this part of Tennessee are very religious. You can’t swing a cat without hitting a Baptist Church. The people are known for reaching out and helping one another.
The other thing is that the river will not crest at Memphis until Wednesday, so there is plenty of time for planning and evacuations.
And lastly, the Emergency Management Agencies seem to have a handle on what they have to do.
We lived in Collierville for 5 years, eons ago.
What happened to Collierville in the Great Flood of 1927?
(JK...don’t hit me.)
“In this case, it is a private company who owns and runs the buses.”
That was also the case in New Orleans. I wonder how many freepers here would have wanted Nagin to steal their buses if it was their company? A company has insurance for a reason.
Wow. If you think New Orleans is not a religious city, it shows how little you know.
It used to be.
We shall see how saintly they are down in NO—the flood is going to hit then a few days after it hits Memphis.
The geniuses down there are already diverting water into Lake Pontchartrain.
I’m glad I live in Northeast WI. At the most, we have severe blizzards and cold weather. But I’d rather have that than flooding, earthquakes, and twisters.
No. It's not a question of levees being breached with the subsequent inundation of large areas. Memphis proper is on high ground up against the river, and the river is creeping higher, with only one foot or less to go before the predicted crest. The areas susceptible to flooding are well known, and the impact is gradual.
“The geniuses down there are already diverting water into Lake Pontchartrain.”
So you are insulting the US Army Corps of Engineers? They designed and maintain the Mississippi basin flood control system, in case you didn’t know. You don’t seem to know much of anything except where to find male strippers. What does that say about you?
By the way, if you type in “Memphis strip clubs” in Google, you come up with 7 listings. If you type in “New Orleans strip clubs” you come up with 3. I guess those Memphis Baptists love their strip clubs.
Amen! I'll take my long cold winters and short cool summers any day. Lived 15 years in southern MN, and I do NOT like their climate!
Glad someone agrees with me. ;)