Here at the edge of the Mississippi River at Grand Gulf State Park, there would have been maybe 15 or 20 feet or more of water over our heads at the height of the flood. There is a marker along the road showing the height of the various great Mississippi floods here. And 1927 had always been the amazing mark way up above all the rest. Well, 2011 tops them all, now. The bottom of that white board tacked to the top of the poll is how high the water got this year.
Half mile away in the park in front of the museum is a survey marker on the park drive showing the high water mark there. The flood covered all but the tops of the gateposts coming into the park grounds, and as you can tell by the mud marks on the side of the building, it even got inside the museum. You can see better inside the building how high the water got because the bricks are still wet. Park director Bud Ross says because of the construction of the building, they were fortunate.
Bud Ross: Walt we had probably about 14 inches. The good part about it is most of our walls are brick and 'course the floor is brick, so that didn't hurt us too bad.
Walt: The carriage house sits a little lower on the bluff and got more water. But with ample time to prepare, everything that was in danger of getting wet was moved in time.
Bud: We moved everything in the carriage house. Every piece It all went up to the pavilion. We didn't have much place left to put anything.
Walt: And now that Bud and his crew are in the process of putting all of the displays back into the museum, its taking a lot longer than it took to get it out.
Bud: You know this thing had been in operation since, what 1968 in here. A lot of it was just like it was since 1968. So we're going to try to move things around and try to clean it up and make it look a little better for the public.
Walt: And along with the pre-historic and colonial and early state hood and civil war displays they already had, now they'll have this neat water mark where the flood of record of the Mississippi River got to as another display inside the Grand Gulf Museum building.
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