Thursday, May 5, 2011

Flood waters rising

Parking lot at Harrah's Casino in Tunica County, Miss.
Our farm is on the bluffs just above the Mississippi Delta and about 25 miles from the Mississippi River, so there is no danger of flooding here. But two miles due west it is a different story. Communities have been evacuated, fields are flooded and many roads are closed. The river is not at its highest yet. It's at 45 feet and is expected to crest at 48 feet on May 11, where it will remain for up to a week. Flood stage is 34 feet and may not be that low for nearly a month.

One of our biggest economic drivers around here are the nine casinos on the river. They have all been shut down due to the flood waters.

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