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Pat Shingleton: May Incidents..."

5 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, May 10 2016 May 10, 2016 May 10, 2016 4:15 AM May 10, 2016 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

In 2012 the "L.E.M.V." or Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle was tested at 
Lakehurst Naval Facility in New Jersey.  This is the same location where the
Hindenburg exploded on May 6, 1937. On February 12, 1935, the U.S.S. Macon  
completed a training mission near Santa Barbara and south of Point Sur and incurred
a batch of squally weather. Once Lt. Commander  Herbert Wiley ordered a maneuver,
a gust jarred the airship's fin. Efforts to control it were futile and before it
plunged into the ocean, Wiley gave the order to abandon ship. With inflatable
vests, rafts and warm water temperatures, all but two  of the 83-member crew
survived. Its sister ship, Akron, crashed two years earlier killing 73. One of the
survivor's was Lt. Commander Wiley.
On May 7, 2011, 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 as they
also set-foot in 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.

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