Apparently, melting snow and heavy rains in March and April had the Mississippi River rising to a level not seen since 1937. On May 10th, the Mississippi River crested in Memphis at 47.8 feet, inundating much of the low lying areas.
|The Mississippi River winds through 10 states|
One look at the Mississippi River and you will understand why most cruisers try to avoid it. Not only is the swift current daunting, the traffic is heavy with commercial barges. Their captains' Southern speak is equally daunting. And baffling.
|The mighty Mississippi River at Memphis on a normal August day|
|A marina at Mud Island|
|Click on the map to see a bigger picture of the Mississippi River System|
Other than Beale Street, our other favorite place is the the 52-acres Mud Island River Park, which, ironically, is dedicated to life on the Mississippi River. The park has an amphitheater, a museum and a River Walk, which is a 5-block long replica of the lower Mississippi River. The park is an excellent place to spend a hot summer day with the family.
|Monorails take visitors to Mud Island River Park|
|The Mississippi River, as seen from the park|
|The Upper Mississippi River, originating in Minnesota|
|River Walk - the 5 block replica of the Lower Mississippi River|
|that winds through farmlands and cities,|
|and empties into the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans, Louisiana|
Here are some links (videos, pictures) to stories about the great flood of 2011.
Great Flood of 2011
Videos and stories from ABC News
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