Skip to comments.The national disaster which isn't being reported
Posted on 05/10/2011 8:27:10 AM PDT by george76
Virtually unreported by the national media - because it might detract from President Obama's victory lap...
The "Father of Waters," as President Lincoln called the Mississippi, is on a historic rampage. Almost no one now living remembers such a river crest.
The levees were blown on the Missouri side of the river, below Cairo, last Monday night. Memphis is being surrounded by water. New Orleans will not even see the river crest before Memorial Day Weekend...
Is CNN going wall-to-wall?
What might this historic flood mean? Well, no one's talking, no one's predicting.
Because doing so might affect the chances of That Man in the White House to win re-election in 2012.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
If not, hard cheese folks. You on you own.
I see abundant flood coverage on TV, newspaper, and internet.
Quit trying to politicize Mother Nature. We’ve had enough of that already.
they are confident the levees will hold (if no one tampers with them) - the seepage under the levees won't be as bad as 1973 (the crest this time will be higher) - and the sand boils are nothing to worry about
we are leaving soon - my fear is when the water begins to crest here, the roads will be closed (some are now), no trucks will be available and no storage facilities will be available
good luck to all the coonasses (and no - coonass is not an insulting word to a coonass - so don't go hypersensitive on me here)
Well, last year’s terrible flooding in Nashville was virtually ignored by the MSM, and was never mentioned by Obama.
And after Katrina, I think many of us are concerned that the MSM and liberals will try to politicize natural disasters. Though since we now have a good Democrat in the White House, the MSM efforts would naturally be to minimize coverage, and/or show a heroic compassionate Obama delivering aid to the masses.
I’ve seen a bunch of coverage too. Then again, I’m paying attention. I used to live in LA. They have already opened up the Bonnet Carre and will open the Morganza soon, I understand. If these flood control structures work, and with any luck, the damage in LA will be limited. Unlike 1927.
???It’s been all over the news.
Well, there's also the "hot missing probably murdered white lady" angle, but that doesn't apply here either.
I think this guy is right. This is a historic high in the River. There certainly has been some news reporting on it, but not nearly as much or as breathless as you would expect.
Compare this to Bush’s NOLA hurricane. In fact, I’m kind of surprised that they haven’t blamed Bush for leaving Obama with inadequate levees.
“Is it because the people mostly affected by the Great Mississippi Flood of 2011 are Republican?”
Memphis and New Orleans are not Republican. The basis of this article is nonsense.
Just checked. Looks like opening the Morganza could flood an area 20 miles wide by 100 miles long, along the Atchafalaya River. Mostly rural I think. But not without consequences.
The Memphis part of the flood was the top story on the Today show at 7A this morning.
There are a few small towns and cities in the area. The difference is that they are working class and will do what needs to be done unlike the NOLA city dwellers.
It’s kind of a double edged sword in that the flooding will be bad for personal property but it will also be beneficial in replenishing the wetlands and fertile farming regions. I’m just wondering when the Mighty Mississippi decides it’s had enough of man trying to tell it where to go and changes course again.
The reports I've heard on the flooding have been the third or forth report down and have been very brief.
Rearranged your sentence a little :^)
you are right there - we have tried to keep the river on its current course for a long time - and she is past due to find her new course - it will happen one day - the question is when
Nearly happened 30-40 years ago when they *accidentally* found it undercutting a control structure......Came very close.
Agreed. I flip through all the news channels and they have all, national and local, covered the flood story. And of course, the Weather Channel.
LOL, and if you miss the gator, you learn to swim *real* fast!
I was trying to be nice, but you are right. :)
Diane Sawyer was on location from Memphis last evening.
I wonder if they are filming Swamp People right now? Pissed off gators and moccasins should add to the drama.
If Il Douche were any more detached from the country he was elected to govern, the laws of gravity wouldn’t apply to him.
Sheesh! If this had been “W” [think Katrina], the MSM would be on it like buzzards on a gut wagon.
Very little being said about it.
If a Republican were in office, the press wopuld be claiming that the President MADE the river flood.
They will if problems happen.
Thank God we have Bobby Jindal.
So? He is a lying lawyer - and that is remarkable in what way?
Is CNN going wall-to-wall?Of course not. What does it matter what happens in the howling flyover wilderness?
Not a point to this article, but I LOVE the show “Swamp People”. Don’t worry.. Troy, Liz, and Bruce can handle it!!
LA is virtually a "can't-win" state for The Won.
” Im just wondering when the Mighty Mississippi decides its had enough of man trying to tell it where to go and changes course again.”
And when it joins up with the Atchafalaya, Morgan City replaces New Orleans as the big port.
The old "Fool me once..." cliche comes to mind.
If anyone wants to make something broader from the story they should go back and read Mark Twain. The Mississippi was flooding long before the Crawdad even learned its name.
Foxnews just said that the river is at 48’ above flood level at Memphis and the water hasn’t stopped rising yet.
I’m seeing it talked about even on sports talk shows, I think it’s getting plenty of coverage.
Click on the map on the left side of this article. It looks like a parish wide swath, 7 parishes long will be flooded to at least 5 feet. IMO the River is changing course.
I read an article about the floods and barge transportation on the river. They said that although the large numbers of barges on the river have a tendency to raise the water level, the transportation dept had no plans to curtail or slow down the barge traffic because it would slow the economy. The barges carry ore, coal, grain and auto parts.
It’s crony capitalism trumping the red statevoters and farming.
If the Mississippi River levees would fail around NOLA, Katrina would be remembered as a tea party.
I am not an hydrologist but I suspect what you read is a bunch of hooey. Although there is a large number of barges and ocean going vessels on the river that river is so wide and deep that all of them combined would not raise the river level even an inch. Since the traffic is widely dispersed along the very long and wide river that also minimizes their affect on the river level.
I have lived in Baton Rouge and it is really scary to drive up that tall levee and upon reaching the top see that the river is 15 - 20 feet higher than the land the levee is protecting. It is also interesting to see a large ocean going vessel going up the river, look at the ship and then look back down the levee to the flat ground and observe the discontinuity of the two.
Since the river is still within the levee what is causing the flooding in Memphis? Are there things that drain into the river, like sewers, etc., which are backing up? Is there another creek or river that drains into the Mississippi and is backing up?
I don't remember the exact year but during the late 60's or early 70's I flew over the area between Dallas and Cleveland, Ohio, during a flood stage and at 30,000 feet there was water as far as the eye could see. The Red River, Big Black and Yazoo rivers were all backed up and flooding their own areas.
Who are 'THEY' and WHY are they so stupid?
It was someone with dept of transportation that regulates the commercial traffic on the river. Evidently there is some system like locks on the river that they have control over. It was a woman that they were interviewing.
Concordia Parish is a little upriver of where the Acadians live ... and the old Creole planters .... Bordelonville, down near the Red River (which is something of a boundary), is about as high up the Mississippi as the Acadian names come.
You're more in the redneck part of the state, which includes the Florida Parishes and everything north of the Red River pretty much. That's Huey Long's Louisiana.
If and when that happens, Morgan City gets redistributed all over the Sigsbee Abyssal Plain.
That town will be all river channel, wide and deep.
They will be very, very careful about opening the flood-control structure at the head of the Atchafalaya River near Simmesport. It tends to scour vigorously with volume releases, and there is reasonable fear that it might undermine the flood-control structure as a whole in a big flood event and break out ("crevasse, avulse") permanently. If it did, all hell would break loose all the way to the sea.
As lg pointed out, Concordia Parish is a little beyond the Arctic Circle, so far as coonass are concerned.
It is, indeed, Huey Long's Louisiana and the proper terminology is "stump jumpers".
True fact. The "Katrina" flooding was caused by pump failures and Lake Pontchartrain getting over its levees. The river is 15' or so higher than Lake Pontchartrain.
During the day or so before "Katrina" arrived, my sister, holing up in her husband's office in the Tulane Medical School and hospital, saw med students measuring 21' up the side of the building below her with tape measures and chalk. They were measuring how deep the water would get if the river levee failed.
As things turned out, lake water was 6' deep around the building during the flood, and about 10-12" of water got into the first floor. At least it kept the mobs out of the hospital -- they forced their way into Children's Hospital a few blocks away instead and cleaned out the pharmacy there, menacing the staff as they did so.