A warm winter and spring have led to early planting and much optimism for the 2012 cropping season.
Was it only a year ago when abundant rains caused a chain-reaction of misery in the Mid-South? Back then, a sense of disbelief set in as waterways swelled past their banks, flooding farmland and threatening towns.
To alleviate the rushing Mississippi River, the Army Corps of Engineers blew a levee at Bird’s Point in the Missouri Bootheel, allowing spillway farms and homes to be inundated. The Morganza spillway in Louisiana was later opened.
Through reader and editor efforts, Delta Farm Press documented the resilience of Delta producers and communities where they live. On the anniversary of the 2011 floods, you may want to check out the following:
- The 2011 Flooding home page where you’ll find numerous stories on the deluge and aftermath.
- Photo galleries here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
- A short documentary on Bird’s Point.