Pat Shingleton: "Our Big Floods"
On this date, three years ago, hydrologists monitored the record rise of the Mississippi River. The National Weather Service's River Flood History posted a timely item. In 1543, Hernando Desoto experienced a 40 day flood near what-is-now, Memphis. In 1788 a hurricane caused severe flooding which also marked the arrival of Acadian settlers at Fort Bute, Manchac and Baton Rouge. Another spring-flooding episode occurred in 1825, known as the last inundation of New Orleans on the lower Mississippi. During the greatest flood in history, Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover was elected President, enacting legislation to implement control projects. A year later the Bonnet Carre Spillway began with a capacity flow that would match Niagara Falls.