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Mississippi River Flooding, Part 1

I’m not sure why it took me 6 whole days after learning about the flooding west of downtown Memphis to venture over to see it for myself.

I didn’t quite know what to expect but I certainly didn’t think the Mighty Mississippi River had reached Riverside Drive.

Mississippi River flooding

View of intersection of Beale Street and Riverside Drive
Saturday, May 7, 2011

So let’s do some photo comparisons. Look at the flag poles (to the left of the M Bridge).

Mississippi River flooding

You can barely see Mud Island River Park
Saturday, May 7, 2011

This is what you *normally* saw.

Mud Island

Flag poles on Mud Island, nice grassy areas and rocky ledges near the water
(Photo from this post; taken in 2009)

Here’s another view of pre-flooding (I was on a moving trolley so excuse the blurriness, please)…

Mud Island

Riverboats in foreground, Mud Island in background
(Photo from this post; taken in 2009)

This was last Saturday afternoon…

Mississippi River flooding

Most of the Park is submerged
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Let’s take a look at the above photo again, but this time I’m pointing out two things…

Mud Island

The building with a light green roof (circled in red) and the exterior light fixtures (circled in orange) still protruding
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Before the flooding…

Mud Island

Huge difference, huh? It’d be fair to say the Mighty River is swallowing Mud Island Park
(Photo from this post; taken in 2009)

Mississippi River flooding

Looking southward (Riverside Drive in foreground, Mississippi River & “Old Bridge” in background)
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mississippi River flooding

Hi kayakers! Be careful!
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mississippi River flooding

Flooded section of Riverside Drive (cross street is Beale Street); just beyond that tree in the center is Tom Lee Park
Saturday, May 7, 2011

To view photo in Flickr, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/yummies4tummies/5703131465

Mississippi River flooding

Looking west/towards Arkansas (’twas strange seeing currents moving in opposite directions!)
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mississippi River flooding

The currents going south (left arrow) were from the Mississippi River
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mississippi River flooding

The flooding making its way north on Riverside Drive; see very next photo too
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Riverside Drive flooding

If you happen to be curious how far up the street water had reached in above photo
(Thanks Google Map!)

I plan on scoring more photos this week. Stay tuned.

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