Tuesday, May 10, 2011

M.I.S.S.I.S.S.I.P.P.I: Whatever comes, you just got to take it, you know.

You sang it as you skipped rope.

You probably never stood beside it, or flew over it. But if you had, you would have seen this:

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  Top picture is May 2010, bottom is April 2010

    May 9, 2011

I was touched by this account from two sisters who survived the flood of 1927.

When floods devastated Yazoo County in 1927, Johnson and Townsel, who were 9 and 7-years-old, respectively, at that time, said were the lucky ones.
"We'd go down and look at them. Our uncle used to take us down in the wagon to the store," Townsel said.
The sisters said they don't remember how long it took for their neighbors to recover, but they remember being afraid.
"Satartia (was) nothing but water. I can remember that," Johnson said.
Johnson and Townsel said they are staying in Jackson after rising flood waters closed a road and forced them out of their homes in Satartia.
Residents are still preparing for what may come, and Satartia Mayor Charles Lungrin said on Monday he is trying to prevent another disaster like 1927.
Lungrin said this month's floods will be worse than 1927, and he's building up a 4-foot levee to protect the homes nearby.
"My mother's house is right down the street and it was in the halls in 1927," Lungrin said.
Lungrin said he even built a levee around an airplane hangar, and he finds it hard to believe how high the water is at a place where he used to fly planes as a boy.
With water filling in from all directions, some said they are making the most of the situation.
While Johnson and Townsel aren't sure if the flood will destroy their homes, they said they are not planning on leaving Satartia for good.
"If it (flood) does that (destroys home), you just have to forget about it and try to get another. That's all you can do," Johnson said.
Townsel said she was forced to leave her home twice after the floods of 1927.

"Whatever comes, we just got to take it, you know," Johnson said.

Read more: http://www.wapt.com/news/27834292/detail.html#ixzz1Lwuvk6EI

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