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1927 flood witness travels to Vicksburg to see Great Flood of 2011

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A 100 year old woman who saw the Mississippi River flood as a teenager, back in 1927, has returned to Vicksburg to witness The Great Flood of 2011.

When Wydell Hawkins of Forest first learned the Mississippi River at Vicksburg had gone higher than it did in 1927, she asked her son, David Hawkins, to take her back to Vicksburg to see the Mississippi River again.

She had first seen it at age 16 after a long ride from Forest, on dirt roads, in a Model T Ford in 1927.

"What was your first thought when you saw it again?"

"I said where's the water. Ha ha ha," Hawkins laughed. "We didn't have bridges and everything now it's much different."

When she first saw it the Mississippi River had broken the Main Line Levee System north of Greenville and flooded the entire Delta in a rampage, never to be forgotten.

She pointed south of the bridges to the Louisiana side where you could only see water to show us what she saw in 1927.

"Take all of that away, and the tower away, and you will see what I saw," Hawkins said. "It's wonderful the progress they have made."

"Tell me why you wanted to come and see the river today (Wednesday)?"

"I had been here before and I wanted to come again," Hawkins replied.

She expected the water to be much closer to the bridges than it actually is.

So this is what the Mississippi River looks like at the old Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Station on the day it is a foot higher than it has ever been in recorded history.

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