The Mississippi River keeps rising. Part of I-40 in Arkansas is closed. Memphians are preparing sand bags. The extreme end of Beale Street has water lapping near it.
This was the headline today in the USA Today:
"Stretch of Mississippi River closed as Memphis braces for near-record flood"
By closed, they mean it's closed to river barge traffic. They went on to say: "This morning in Memphis, the river reached the 'major flood stage,' rising to 46.1 feet and eclipsing the 45.8-foot level of the 1927 flood. As a result, officials closed the popular Mud Island River Park."
Yesterday, I went to what's called Mud Island River Park to see for myself. Yesterday I could go there, but today, the park is closed.
You can read about what USA Today said here and what the Memphis Commercial-Appeal said here.
The river is expected to crest next Wednesday at 48+ feet above gauge zero.
Above: Many trees on Mud Island are submerged where the Mississippi River is outside its banks.
Above: To get to Mud Island Park, I took the monorail.
Above: Even though Memphis is on a bluff, some businesses are placing sand bags to protect their facilities on a just-in-case basis (more symbolic than practical).
Images by MOJO and taken with my P&S.