{while the river rises}

May 7, 2011

5pm update-
According to Sherriff Maxell and the Natchez Democrat:
-The 5th District Levee Board has ordered that the levee be shut down to all vehicular traffic as of 6pm Sunday. This is all unpaved parts through Concordia Parish.
-The river is now standing at 54.73ft.
-Finally it is estimated that Silver Street is now crossed over by 6ft of water.
Below is a video of the Mississippi River flood of 1927. The song in the video is by Randy Newman and it's called "Louisiana 1927". Some of the picture in the video are from Vidalia.

I don't know how many Vidalia residents have checked out the online Natchez Democrat lately, but I noticed today that they were posting videos. The video is of Gov. Jindal speaking to some of the town leaders on the riverfront the other day.

The most current noon report from the Democrat is that water has crossed Silver Street. For those of you who don't know where Silver St. is, it is the absolute lowest point of Natchez, or Vidalia for that matter, that has businesses. If I manage to find a picture I will post it. Here is a link to a panoramic picture of Silver Street from a few days ago.

The river is currently at 54.53ft as of noon today. It is expected to crest at 64.