Thursday, May 19, 2011

Black Water

Just because who doesn't like their blog post to have the optional soundtrack to go with. Please feel free to enjoy some Doobie  Brothers "Black Water" while reading this post about the Mississippi River...

As pretty much everyone in the United States of America knows, the Mississippi River (along with several others) have been making quite a riot the past couple of weeks flooding some areas and threatening to flood other areas. We in New Orleans have been quite lucky and we do not take our blessings for granted. While we have been spared, we know that due to the opening of the Morganza Spillway and the Bonnet Carre Spillway that others are experiencing a hard situation in the Morgan City area as well as others. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

But, in every tragedy, there is always some interest in the very thing causing the tragedy. Around here, everyone is stepping out to take a look at the Mighty Mississippi River that's in our backyard. We're so use to the river that sometimes you really kind of forget how mighty it can be. For now, everyone is taking the time to really soak up the powerful river that we see often.

On Sunday, Mr. B and I went down to Rivertown in Kenner so that we could take a peek at the river. The river has been cresting in our area and seeing it this high is a little strange.There were so many people out there it was a little bewildering. For one, we had a hard time finding somewhere to park!! Mr. B and I got married in Rivertown pretty much at the base of the Levee, so we've spent a little bit of time in that area. Outside of the day we got married, I've never seen it so busy there! Below are a few pictures that I got of the river and those who were also viewing the river! Enjoy!

A log that was caught in a bunch of debris...

There is a pier-like thing that goes out into the river.
You're not allowed to walk out on to it so I don't know what purpose it serves.
But, currently it is catching quite a bit of debris.

The debris that has been caught by the pier-like structure.

A couple of kids sitting on a log looking at the river and the debris.

People looking at the river from the top of the levee.

The river gauge underneath the pier-like structure.
So, for all of you who can't make it out to the Mississippi River because it's too far away, you can see the river like a New Orleans local is seeing it.

1 comment:

Deidre said...

Wow! It really is high isn't it? I've driven over the Mississippi a few times, but have never spent too much time there.

I hadn't realised it was flooding (I live in Australia now)

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