Jim Brown

Thursday, May 12th 2011
New Orleans, Louisiana

LOUISIANA UNDER SIEGE BY MISSISSIPPI RIVER!

Randy Newman’s song, Louisiana 1927, hit home to many residents up and down the Mississippi river this week. He was singing about the 1927 flood, where more than 23,000 square miles were inundated, hundreds of people died, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. As of right now, predictions are that water levels up and down the river will exceed those reached in the 1927 disaster. And no one really knows how bad it will get.

It has been abnormally hot this spring throughout the south. A number of states have seen three times the normal amount of rain. But along with the downpours, there have been droughts and wildfires. Then came the tornadoes in all time record numbers that killed at least 309 people and caused massive destruction. Insurance losses are now projected to exceed $6 billon, with a similar amount for homes that were either under insured, or not insured at all.

The heavy spring rains have been incessant up and down the river, and there are projections for more Midwest thunderstorms later on this week. And all this water has, over the years, been channeled in tight levee systems that are right now under massive pressure. Author John Barry, who has been a guest on my radio show on several occasions, documented the dangers of flooding on the Mississippi in his award winning book, “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi river Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America.” I asked him about his concerns today. “I know the power of this river, and quite frankly it makes me nervous to see this much water on the move,” he says. Continue reading “Jim Brown”

Slabbed News Miscellany: I'm not sure just how to present these items…

First of all folks it has come to my attention there is a missing episode of Magnum J.D. starring Eric Paulsen, Diane Hollis, Phyllis George, Dr. Laura Badeaux, Cindy Cenac, Julie Quinn, Faith Peperone, Sonia Perez, Kathleen Diamond and Elizabeth Dent.  According to my sources, screen writer Nell Nolan had the ladies situated poolside enjoying the fine spring day over at Mag’s place on St Chas. A tip of the Slabbed hat to several readers on the disappearance of the episode which also has Magnum out of town trying to ascertain his real place of birth.

Next up is Saints Owner Tom Benson getting the pope to genuflect before him and kiss his Super Bowl ring. Folks in Catholicism these days the times they are a changin’.

I’d like to recognize the Magnolia Report for linking us on their headline page. Merci Beaucoup. Along those lines I’d also like to thank our new friends over at Moosedenied for the very kind words over on Twitter. Grandmaster Wang has some good stuff on Vaggie Bush.

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