The rising levels of Mississippi River are consuming conversations across the city. This Sunday, curiously got the better of me and I woke up early and decided to walk over to the river levee. The river was, and remains, disturbingly high. At the Steamboat Natchez, the flood gauge read about 15.5 feet. Where normally you would see several yards of rock on the banks, you could now only see about one yard, if that.
Some are saying that this is a 500-year flood event. The Bonnet Carre Spillway and the Morganza Spillway have been opened simultaneously for the first time since 1973. The Birds Point Floodway in Missouri had already been blasted open, the first time in history all three have been utilized.