From the feedback I’ve received on my photo post that I put up Wednesday, I think I’m safe in saying that some folks would appreciate seeing photos of downtown Memphis as the Mississippi River continues rising.
This evening, I returned down to the River and was so captivated by the views from mid-bluff (starting around Vance Park and continuing just past Beale) and Tom Lee, that I didn’t get back to some of the areas I was in the other day. Another reason is Tom Lee was still closed the other day as cranes dismantled staging from the music fest. But I’ll try to get to some of the other areas of the riverfront this weekend though.
Today’s walk in downtown included the shocking site of significant water coming over Riverside Drive at the intersection with Beale Street. People were checking out every side of the intersection. The crowd was a lot thicker than earlier in the week. Lots of folks are trying to figure out where things like cobblestones used to go to.
And while those things were shocking to me, I was overwhelmed by the sight I got and the sounds I heard as I got to Tom Lee Park. The water had come well into the park and was making the sound of waves hitting the beach. It was so hard to get my head around, I decided I had to take a short video on my Blackberry (am charging the video camera now so I may do better this weekend).
Because I know some folks looking at the blog post may not realize how different the scene is from normal, I am pulling out a photo of my neices when we were at the river April 18th. You can see we are seated on a slope between the walk and the river. After the grassy slope was a steep rock wall. This section of the sidewalk behind them is no longer visible at all.
Some other resources you may want to check out include:
- My friend Joe Spake has several posts on his blog touching on the flooding and even asked me to guest post on farm impacts. I really like a post from January that provides a quick guide to the Mississippi River conditions, including notes like how to read the scale (did you know 34 foot was flood stage & we are at 46?)
- My previous post providing sources of information on flooding areas, evacuations, resources to consult. etc.
- Photos from the Memphis riverfront taken Tuesday, May 4 I put up on the blog Wednesday