This old country boy loves Mississippi. Until the last 5 years, the majority of my life was spent there. Of course I know about all the stereotypes (and many times, “truths”) that are used against us MS Folk. But generally, I used this as a way to keep the very wonderful things about the place my little hidden secret. I have taken pride in being from the “50th State”, because I never really believed that it was last.
Sure, we are the poorest state… have the highest obesity rates… one of the highest number teen pregnancy rates… one of the least educated… one of the highest unemployment rates… one of the highest rates of gonorrhea… and many other negative stats which make us “winners”. But I also know that most of these people are the nicest, most inviting and loving people in this country. That is a fact that I believe and have witnessed in my world travels.
There is also beauty in the country-side, especially in NE MS (where I grew up). There is ample wildlife and open spaces, not to mention the river therapy that Dr Doug talks about.
But, we are experiencing some devastation right now that includes the recent tornado event and perhaps worse, the Mississippi River is over-flowing, endangering the lives of many thousands of people on the west side.
One Georgia country boy informed me of the SF Gate article which discusses the flood event and there is one paragraph that catches my attention in a very scary way:
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged people to get out if they think there is even a chance their homes will flood. He said there is no reason to believe a levee on the Yazoo River would fail, but if it did, 107 feet of water would flow over small towns.
One Hundred and Seven Feet???
You need to understand that the very highest point in Mississippi is near my hometown and that is 806 feet (Woodall “Mountain”). But to the far west, in the Delta, it is far lower, especially near the river. 106 feet would totally cover virtually the entire area, likely killing many of the 465,000 or so people who live there in their squalor. To think that the Gov is saying that “IF” the citizens “think” there is a problem for flooding to move out. Well, tell me, you sanctimonious clown, where will these poverty-stricken people go?
A Natural News article explains even more detail about what is going on and that many places have already seen the high water mark record broken:
Flood waters continue to rise all along the Mississippi, including in Natchez, Miss., which today saw its portion of the river rise to 58.3 feet, breaking the all-time 1937 record of 53.04 feet. Vicksburg, Miss., Baton Rouge, La., and New Orleans, La. are all expected to see record-breaking crests late next week, some far exceeding previous record flood levels.
Tunica is under water. Massive crop failures already have occurred.
According to the above article, the “Black Water” is also tainted and I wonder what this might mean for the future of the region (not to mention America).
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- Mississippi River Floods Millions of Acres of Farmland (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Flooding Mississippi River threatens catfish industry (chron.com)
- Mississippi River flooding hits historic high (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Flood’s crest delivers fresh misery in Mississippi – San Francisco Chronicle (news.google.com)
- How big is the Mississippi River flood? (msnbc.msn.com)
- Flood, disasters punish South, but locals say region shall rise again (cnn.com)