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Mississippi Delta flooding

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There is flooding in places other than just along the Mississippi River.

That's the normal place you'd look for problems associated with high water, along the Mississippi River and in the flatlands of the Delta.

But the reach of the Mississippi River extends even into the hills.

Heading north out of Port Gibson on Highway 61, a literal sign marks the high water on the Mississippi River.

A warning sign that says that 9 miles farther north the highway is closed.

And it's closed where it crosses the Big Black River.

But you don't have to go nearly that far out of Port Gibson to see high water.

Just look around.

Little Bayou Pierre is out of its banks and into some yards and houses because it, too, can't drain and river water has backed up into it and consequently, into Port Gibson.

Out west of Port Gibson is the Windsor Ruins.

But you can't get there by the usual route through town right now because low lying streams at the foot of the bluffs, a good way away from the River, are flooding the road.

Even on the back roads you'd better be careful.

Shaifer Road is normally pretty quiet, anyway.

But especially today because Widow's Creek has overflowed and flooded it.

It's a peaceful little lake right now.

And this flooded roadway is unmarked.

You just have to know where you are going and be prepared to slow down for places that normally cross streams.

The road may or may not be flooded.

And if it is, it may or may not be barricaded.

Another of my favorite runaway's, Rodney, is accessible only by boat now.

Rodney was a river port up until about a century ago, when the Mississippi changed course and deserted Rodney about two miles to the west.

Some say the town dried up after that.

Well, it may have dwindled in importance and population, but we'll have to use another term other than "dried up" for a little while, because the river is back.

One good thing about the advance warning at Rodney, when people packed up and left, a couple of them even brought their homes out.

The last time the water was this high was 1927.

And people still talk about that flood up until today.

Wonder how long we'll talk about the Great Flood of 2011?

Hopefully, a long time, before it is superseded by another one.

But it is a great flood.

And it isn't confined to just the lowlands along the river.

It's even is disrupting life in the hills by raising streams to flood proportions that empty into the Mississippi River, sometimes several miles away.

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