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Mississippi's Floodbeaters
IBD Editorials ^ | May 23, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 05/23/2011 4:16:45 PM PDT by Kaslin

Property: Fair or foul, U.S. officials diverted floodwaters to farmlands to save cities as the mighty Mississippi spilled its banks. But there was a surprise: Farmers chose not to be victims.

The weekend was full of disheartening news of tornadoes striking Missouri and Minnesota, as well as creeping floodwaters making their way down to the Gulf states in the worst flooding in at least two decades.

But there was one unexpectedly heartening development: News photographs from tiny Vicksburg, Miss., where 2,100 people have been displaced, showed dozens of farm houses along the Mississippi River and its Yazoo tributary encircled by homemade levees, many of them shielding these homes from the destruction of the river.

In the great vastness of the Mississippi deluge that seemed so impossible to escape, these farm houses are now islands of hope.

IBD called around the area and found that these levees were the result of self-reliant farmers taking matters in their own hands in a classic instance of Made In America preparation, initiative and ingenuity.

Vicksburg residents told IBD the farmers acted on their own, not waiting around for the government to rescue them or tell them what to do.

"We're not the Ninth Ward," said Robin Jeffers, who works at the Total Horse feed store in Vicksburg, which serves the farm community 11 miles from the river, in a rueful reference to the constant blame-the-government game and nonstop calls for aid that occurred after 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

"We knew the flood was coming a month ahead of its arrival. Everyone did," she said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: floods; levees; mississippi; werenotthe9thward
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1 posted on 05/23/2011 4:16:47 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“We’re not the Ninth Ward.”

That’ll leave a mark.

Deservedly so.


2 posted on 05/23/2011 4:21:29 PM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding their comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: Kaslin

Take that 9th ward losers


3 posted on 05/23/2011 4:21:38 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: fightinJAG

Unfortunately, 0 is trying to turn our entire country into the Ninth Ward.


4 posted on 05/23/2011 4:25:13 PM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: Kaslin

“We knew the flood was coming a month ahead of its arrival. Everyone did,”

Another ant and grasshopper story.


5 posted on 05/23/2011 4:29:14 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: fightinJAG
Please explain to us how someone living in the ninth ward could have built a levee around their house?



The ACE levees and flood walls that were there certainly didn't hold.
6 posted on 05/23/2011 4:48:43 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: fightinJAG

Actually, no. It’s an ignorant, cheap shot that compares apples to oranges.


7 posted on 05/23/2011 4:52:23 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Just saying the betrayal of Israel


8 posted on 05/23/2011 4:53:43 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: Kirkwood

Any and all “Rebuilding” there should be limited to houseboats and barges.

There is NO question it will happen again, only when.


9 posted on 05/23/2011 5:17:50 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Kirkwood

Any and all “Rebuilding” there should be limited to houseboats and barges.

There is NO question it will happen again, only when.


10 posted on 05/23/2011 5:18:20 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Kirkwood

I didn’t take the comment that literally. I took the comment to mean that one takes one’s situation in hand and does something about it with one’s brains. Instead of bleating about “where’s my government check,” one would come up with something to do to assist.


11 posted on 05/23/2011 5:30:11 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Interesting perspective.

As I see it, what this comment meant was the Ninth Ward also had plenty of time to prepare for Katrina, including taking advantage of various government and private evacuation programs and assistance.

But a lot of people sat around waiting for . . . I don’t know, exactly, what they were waiting for, but they sure were still there when that hurricane, which I could see on my TV with my own eyes for at least a WEEK headed toward New Orleans, did in fact hit New Orleans. And many of them still had no plan on how to protect or take care of themselves in light of the coming emergency.

I fail to see how the comment was “apples to oranges.”


12 posted on 05/23/2011 6:26:16 PM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding their comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: Kirkwood
I don't think this comment was AT ALL about building levees around one's home! Please. Of course that wasn't possible in the Ninth Ward or anywhere else in New Orleans.

What I took the comment to mean was, as I posted upthread, a reference to the fact that so many in New Orleans, especially in the Ninth Ward, seemed to do almost nothing to prepare for the storm by at least evacuating themselves.

There were many people in the Ninth Ward and elsewhere in New Orleans who waited around, while it was clear that a huge and destructive hurricane was on its way, instead of doing what they could do, and what was offered to them to do, to take care of themselves -- i.e., evacuate, rather than sit there and then -- oops! -- guess it's time to follow the government orders to go to the SuperDome and create a Third World nightmare there.

That is, if one hadn't already been rescued off one's roof by a soldier risking his life to get a basket down to you out of a helicopter.

Didn't see anybody spray painting "Help Me" on their roofs in this article to catch the attention of National Guard choppers.

Why? Because they used their brains to evaluate the KNOWN and PREDICTABLE THREAT and then did what was available to them to do to reduce the likelihood they would get caught in the flood.

This comment wasn't about building levees -- good grief. It was about taking personal responsibility, whatever that looks like in a particular situation, in the face of a KNOWN, PREDICTABLE DANGER.

The comment itself was coupled with the idea of one of the farmers saying "we've known for a month that the flood was coming." Just as the residents of New Orleans knew for at least a week that a very dangerous storm was headed their way.

Point of this article being: these farmers knew the threat, they took action, they did what they could to take care of themselves, they did not wait or depend on someone else (especially not government) to do it for them.

That is all.

13 posted on 05/23/2011 6:37:56 PM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding their comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: yldstrk

Exactly. As I have also explained in response on this thread.


14 posted on 05/23/2011 6:41:42 PM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding their comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: Kaslin

GOD BLESS AND PROTECT you good folks in Mississippi!

You faced an awful trial and you’re still standing! GOOD FOR YOU!! May God keep your levees secure and may your fields be richer from the flood waters as divine payment.

The rest of you jerks, just shut up and cheer for these struggling folks. They’ve shown us the true grit that Americans are famous for, but you seem to have forgotten.

Screw the Ninth Ward. Cheer for the embattled underdogs. GO MISSISSIPPI!!!!!


15 posted on 05/23/2011 7:48:22 PM PDT by DNME (With the sound of distant drums ... something wicked this way comes.)
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To: Kirkwood

“Please explain to us how someone living in the ninth ward could have built a levee around their house?”

I know this will sound tacky to you, but if you are in the ninth ward, thank those folks upstream who left their homes to the flood waters, and were so resourceful as to build their own dams, so that you wouldn’t be flooded again.

Then again, your post is tacky.

BTW, you might want to question why the flood walls didn’t hold.


16 posted on 05/24/2011 12:04:10 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: Black Agnes

“We’re not the Ninth Ward,”

Bump!

Thank you so much, Black Agnes!

I love this! Dems my homies, and I’m so proud of them!


17 posted on 05/24/2011 12:06:38 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: WKB; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; montesquiue; Downsouth55; ...

Missippy “we’re not the ninth ward” ping!


18 posted on 05/24/2011 12:08:41 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: WKB; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; montesquiue; Downsouth55; ...

Missippy “we’re not the ninth ward” ping!


19 posted on 05/24/2011 12:09:45 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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Sorry about the burp. ;o)


20 posted on 05/24/2011 12:10:26 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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