Pat Shingleton: "The Mississippi and the Red"
In April of 2011, concern was building when the Mississippi River started to rise. The flooding continued into May with damage compared to similar events in 1927 and 1993. Four years ago, two major storm systems threw down record rainfall on the Mississippi River watershed. An abundance of snow that winter added to the flooding as the traditional snow melt sent record levels into early May. In addition to Louisiana... Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas became federal disaster areas. As we also remember, for the first time in 37 years, the Morganza Spillway was opened as 4,600 square miles of rural wetlands were flooded. From the Big Muddy to the Big Red. I remember lots of Tiger Dams and sand bags on numerous locations along River Road. Parish flood experts follow a potential flooding procedure to assist citizens when the water rises. Meanwhile, April in Fargo, North Dakota, includes a "right-of-Spring" that involves the flooding of the Red River. The Red River identifies the state line between North Dakota and Minnesota and following the winter snow-melt the river rapidly soars to bank full. To the north, the river also flows through Winnipeg, Canada, where flood control structures were constructed in the ‘60s. Another aspect of the "right-of-Spring" and Red River flooding are students assisting city officials by preparing thousands of sand bags.