Happy Mother’s Day! After spending the day trying to find some sort of tribute to all you Mother’s out there…I realized that my only experience with mother’s are those of the Sicilian and Cuban variety, meaning that my perception of Mama is that of a woman…a short woman with a predisposition towards obesity, dark eyes, olive complexion…and more hairs on her face then Fidel Castro. Okay, so I am exaggerating about the facial hair…just a bit.
(Be sure you check out those video links above…I will try to embed them at the end of the post!)
So please humor me while I honor my own special mother, grandmothers and great-grandmothers…Happy Mother’s Day!
Okay…on with the show. This week has been a crazy one indeed. With each new “release” of information/video/statement about the bin Laden raid, the more surreal it all becomes. I don’t know if I am watching The Onion or CNN. Boston Boomer has discussed this in two of her post this week…I’ll link to them here and here. So I will refrain from discussing bin Laden, and get on with other news that you may have missed this week.
They are calling this a 500 year flood…as Residents brace for more flooding as Mississippi River swells – CNN.com
As the Mississippi River gushes downstream with no clear boundaries, flooding continues to deluge parts of Tennessee as residents farther south brace for what will come.
“When you see the Mississippi River and it’s about two miles wide because it’s lost its borders, it’s sobering,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
In some areas, murky brown water inundated entire neighborhoods, with only the roofs of buildings and treetops visible from the sky.
The Mississippi River is expected to crest about 14 feet above flood stage at Memphis as early as late Tuesday.
I spent a lot of time staring out over the Mississippi while in Memphis, the thought of that muddy water spanning two miles wide is overwhelming. Here is more on the floods: Watery week ahead as Mississippi floodwaters hit Memphis, move downriver – CSMonitor.com
Record high floodwaters are expected to crest throughout the southern Mississippi Delta next week, starting in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday and continuing through New Orleans by May 17. As momentum builds, the bulging waters moving down the Mississippi River are backing up tributaries that feed into it, resulting in evacuations, school cancellations, and road closures as water builds.
Some areas in and around Memphis are already under water, as river levels sit at 46 feet, breaking the record of 45.8 feet set during the historic 1927 flood. The National Weather Service forecasts that the Mississippi will crest there at 48 feet Wednesday and is expected to remain standing for as many as four days.
For up to date Flood Warnings and Watches click the image below.
On Saturday, Wonk the Vote had a great post about New Orleans and the Gulf. Be sure to check it out if you missed it.
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