Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Another great flood in 2011

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The Mississippi River bordering the western edge of our state is going to continue to rise to historic levels through Sunday due to heavy rains there and upstream in the past few weeks. Families and businesses have already been displaced and damaged. Having come through last year's flood, Nashvillians should have a keen appreciation of what many Memphians are facing the next few days. The good news I'm hearing is that the Army Corps of Engineers expects the Memphis levees to hold.

One of the previous historic flooding catastrophes Memphis and Nashville have in common is the Great Flood of 1927, which hit Nashville first, setting a record not broken even by our 1,000-year flood last year. Here is a silent short film made by the U.S. Army in 1927 on the effects on communities down river from Memphis:

Our heart and minds are with those who are suffering due to this year's natural disasters.

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