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Morganza Flood – Part 3 — 23 Comments

  1. Wendy,
    Thanks for clarifying and educating about what is happening in La. I am praying for everyone and working up here on ways to help as soon as we can get in there to do it!! We put out a call for help at my college and are already getting in donations! You know that ANYTHING that you need…I will be there to help in anyway that I can!! I love you and will see you very soon!
    Lori

  2. Learn something new everyday. I re posted this link on my Face Book, hope it helps bring attention to whats going on. The media isn’t doing a great job on justifying these people being displaced from their homes, or the long term affects to come.

    • Thank you, Deserved! For some odd reason, WordPress (the blog site) sent me a personal email letting me know that “Deserved” liked my post so much that he said so!!! I’m just glad someone close to me is reading! I love you, Danno!

  3. Great post BW!
    Sadly- The Coast guard has now closed the river to barge traffic in an area North of N.O. The news item is 13 mins. old as I write this at 7:09 pm.
    That old blues tune is awesome and a great piece of research on your part. I am so jealous of your talent to ferret out little known bits of info for us all.
    God Bless and pray for those in the water’s path, friends and strangers alike.

    • I think that closure is near Natchez; and as I stated, they have no way to reduce the crest and it is a safety factor. Tugboats pushing barges must steer under power. With the rushing river, things can get easily out of control and the USCG just cannot let that happen. Hopefully, the closure will not last long and will not have a major impact on economy. I must confess that week before last I received an email with a couple lines of the lyrics contained in it and the artists’ names. I promptly forgot about it until my friend and I were remembering how we’ve referred to the Led Zeppelin song so many times in reference to New Orleans. This morning, I did not sit down to write about the songs; but as is often the case, I start to type and the ideas come from somewhere beyond me and flow to the keyboard and I’m on a rabbit trail searching for truths that will tie current events together with what is in my heart and mind. Thank you for appreciating my research — although the internet sure makes it easier than going to the library! BW

  4. I also heard it was barges of grain being held just above Natchez, Mississippi & Vidalia, La. Good news…they are predicting, 2 ft. LESS in Morgan City than they were earlier.
    Lake Pontchatrain is brown as far as the eye can see when crossing I -10 where the Bonnet Carre Spillway is diverting The Mighty Mississippi.

  5. The sign that marks the spot of the levee break in 1927 is only about 5 miles from my house. Thanks for the great blog and information. My son did a short film on the 1927 flood that won at the Crossroads Film festival in Jackson Ms a few years ago. Keep up the great work that you do. Thanks again.

    • Way to go to your son!!! How cool is that? What is he doing now? You are most welcome for the information. Thank you for coming back again! Maybe I can muster up a good contest soon to break up all this bad news!!!

  6. What a beautiful image (Louisiana in His hands) would you mind if I posted it on my blog (giving you a link and full credit of course).

    • Hey girl! It’s been a while but I’m glad this flood water pulled you out of the woodwork!!! How ya doing? Feel free to link and if you use the pic, please give credit to Rachel Billiot Klaus if you would. She found the bracelet on the floor at a school where she teaches and put it on the sink to wash her hands and got the idea . . . inspired by the floodwaters.

  7. It’s a fantastic shot. I had to shut down my old blog due to threats I was receiving over a very damning post I wrote about corexit during the oil spill, I also got hacked and lost my last computer over that. Glad to be back blogging again. Other than that we’re all doing well, glad to see you still representing us all so well, you are a powerful voice for this area. Thanks for letting me post the image, and so good talking to you again!

    • Oh my gosh, I wish I would have been monitoring your blog at that time–sorry I wasn’t. I will make more of an effort to keep up; but in case I miss something, be sure and shoot me a note when you take such a chance again!!! I’ll back you up, Child! You are most welcome to use the photo. Dotter was excited that others wanted to re-post her pic. Maybe one day we can meet for lunch (incognito) in a dark corner booth in the nearby big town and you can tell me all the gory details????? We’ll make that appointment by email so the hackers can’t find us! Keep on blogging, lady.
      Here is a link to Bayou Child’s blog: One Cajun’s Life

      BW

      • Thanks cher, and that sounds like a plan. Wish I hadn’t caved to the threats but my husband thought it was best at the time. They can’t keep a coonass down for long though 😉

  8. Wonderful post, BW! I just watched a one-hour special on the 1927 flood last night on the Weather Channel – on their “When Weather Changed History” series. I’m sure it will be aired again. As you say, all this water isn’t going anywhere fast – I hope one the crests have passed there’s at least some media attention to the rebuilding efforts.

    I’m a huge blues/cajun music fan, as you know. I’ve done a couple of posts related to the flood and music.

    My current one relates to your area: Dam Atchafalaya.

    And yes, that’s spelled right!

    The previous post has to do with the 1927 flood and the mid-Mississippi Delta. I spent a week there during the Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival, and had no idea my levee photos would be useful for an event like this.

    That one’s called: Muddy Waters.

    Thanks for being kind enough to let me link these here, but thanks especially for the great job you’re doing helping people understand this flood. It truly is historic, and as interesting as it is distressing.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Linda. Isn’t it just the most wonderful thing when serendipity provides a use for those archived photos? I love when that happens. Your are most welcome to post your links here. I’m just so honored to have a writer of your magnitude continue to visit and read my attempts at (what is hardly ever) objective reporting! LOL! BW

  9. It’s almost a month later, where is the newst news and the pictures of the homes and people displaced? Where is the coverage on how long this flooding will last before people can go back for good to rebuild?

    • Hi D.M. Are you ask some really good questions, indeed. We had a running commentary in our Comments section, but you ask some very good questions. I am sorry to tell you that no news is not always good news. It just means the story isn’t that exciting to the nation any more. We are not even seeing any local coverage of what is happening now. All I do know is that the flooding was not nearly as bad as anticipated. Those who could go home have done so. And by now, I think the waters have receded enough that those who were flooded can go back and clean up. That’s about all I know.

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