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Epic Flooding in Louisiana

Prayers for those on the Bayou under water

BROTHER BENNETT BROTHER BENNETT, a Dorena Icon - KpPhoto (c) 2011
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Missouri residents empathize

Epic Flood of 2011

For many, the pictures and sad stories coming out of Louisiana, where 11 have perished in the flood waters, the pain is all too real and personal.

Brother Bennett ~ Dorena Icon; Stands atop the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway Levee at the Dorena-Hickman Ferry Landing. The Mississippi River was as High as he could lever recall.  Less than a week after this photo, the USACE blew the levee and flooded the Spillway. Kp Photo (c) 2015

Brother Bennett ~ Dorena Icon; Stands atop the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway Levee at the Dorena-Hickman Ferry Landing. The Mississippi River was as High as he could lever recall. Less than a week after this photo, the USACE blew the levee and flooded the Spillway. Kp Photo (c) 2015

Water goes where it wishes and when it wants. Mother Nature can’t be restrained. Mississippi County, Missouri experienced just a tad of what the state of Louisiana is going through right now.

The Mt. Level Homeplace ~ 2011 Flood of Record ~ Kp Photo (c) 2015

The Mt. Level Homeplace ~ 2011 Flood of Record ~ Kp Photo (c) 2015

Not only is the death toll and pain and suffering rising, once the water recedes, then the tireless amount of time needed to rebuild and move on will just begin to come into focus.

Floods leave behind a tall task for Humans to clean up.

That’s why it makes it even more gratifying to hear and see the stories of the heroism; the coming together of People to help People. If there’s one good thing we can take from Epic Flood of 2016 is this…

From Journalist Nick Lawton, of  KSLA- TV in Shreveport

A friend and a compassionate journalist doing the leg work these days on the Bayou.

“LONG POST: After four incomprehensible days covering these historic floods in Baton Rouge, we’ll be rejoining our team in Shreveport today. I am one of the lucky ones. The flood victims will still be suffering from the loss of their homes and, for some, their loved ones. Law enforcement, firefighters and volunteers will still be working around the clock to battle these waters and fight for people’s lives, many of them having lost their own homes. I may be leaving Baton Rouge but my heart is still with these people. My heart is with Todd Terrell, who drove his pickup full of firefighters through the floods again and again to pluck people out of danger. My heart is with Jeanne Rube, who stood on the last dry edge of Florida Boulevard, knowing her parents were somewhere on the other side of waters as far as she could see. My heart is with retired firefighter Steve Broussard who served homemade red beans and rice to us and flood victims out of his truck. There will be looting. There will be scammers. But those few shadows are being overwhelmed by the selfless light I witnessed in so many others all around me. We stopped being Democrats and Republicans. We stopped being black or white or anything else. We were human beings fighting for Life, the only gift that matters now. If you can help….no matter how much….please do.

Louisianians Rebuild. Louisianians Adapt. Louisianians Rise Again.”

ALLRIGHTSRESERVED: KpKronicle ~ Kevin Pritchett

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