Monday, May 9, 2011

Pictures of the Mississippi River at Memphis, May 9, 2011

The following pics were all taken by Cirrus Weather Solutions / on May 9, 2011 as the Mississippi River reached a stage of 47.8 feet on the Memphis gauge.  This is the second highest all-time reading in Memphis and the first time it has been above 41 feet since the Great Flood of 1937, which set the record at 48.7 feet.

There were a large number of onlookers/"local tourists" and national media types present at the river's edge.  I tried to also include some pictures of "collateral damage" from the tributaries (particularly the Wolf and Loosahatchie Rivers), although I did not break any laws by driving or walking past barricades.  A high law enforcement presence is keeping sightseers away from the most impacted regions. This event will be one for the history books and likely (hopefully) never seen again in any of our lifetimes.

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