Tag Archives: spring

crest! whew! we’re breathing a sigh of relief.

10 May

According to news reports the river crested over night at 47.85 feet at 2am this morning. Our backyard remains dry, our home safe and our end of Mud Island passable. The Grizzles were our priority last night as we watched them play to Triple OT so we missed this news report on Nightline with Diane Sawyer. I have to say I’m so disappointed that I did not know that DIANE SAWYER was in Memphis. I love her!!! I really would have stalked out her location and asked if we could go to lunch.

So here’s  a link to local news channel WMCTV and their report on the crest.

Thanks for your prayers and thoughts folks! Now for the clean up and planning strategies to keep the snakes away.


mississippi river flood 2011. may 9. ? days to crest

9 May

Sunday was a GORGEOUS day and instead of taking pictures of some of the small changes from Friday  I decided I was going to enjoy a stress free day. I sat in the backyard, read magazines (Elle Decor…since I’m starting a new project that I’ll introduce soon, Runner’s World, and Self), and I worked on a tan. Mom, I did wear SPF 30 and reapplied once. Stuart ran, trimmed the hedges, and took me to dinner. He told me I was being lazy, I told hime I was working…on a tan. I guess reading Runner’s World motivated me a bit so I did try to run later in the afternoon, which was a disaster and I’m pretending it never happened.

On to the river. There are a few reports that here in Memphis we may see the crest of the river later this afternoon. I wanted to post a few links that you may find helpful information


National Weather Service

Shelby County Office of Preparedness

I’ve asked a few people that have taken pictures in other spots around Memphis if I can post a few of their shots. As soon as I have permission I hope to post them.

Have a good day!

mississippi river flood 2011. may 6. 5 days to crest

7 May

Friday was a very busy day on the Island. In hopes to keep water off Island Drive near the round-about workers were bringing in load after load of dirt and building up the road. Let’s hope it works! Island Drive is down to one lane.

Bumper to Bumper traffic over Auction bridge and at the round-about

Stuart and I rode around on our bikes taking pictures until dark!

Ben's Park

Ben's Park

Ben's Park

Wolf River

Marina area. Maria Montessori is right side of the pictures.

Maria Montessori. Sand bags.


Greenbelt Park facing south

Mississippi River

So this guy did kayak up the river! I would be so scared!!!

I've taken a picture here every day! Sadly the bird house has been pushed down by the water.

We also rode to the north end of the Island. The road is currently closed there, and here are pictures of water over the road.

North access closed. Levee to the left of picture

This is Island Place (first road closure that I've previously pictures of) from Island Drive

Stuart's attempt to ride his bike up the levee. (After he had a wreck, flipping over his handlebars. He was obviously ok. I have to admit I laughed a little. Ok a lot).

Stuart took this picture with his phone from the levee.

And finally….

From our fence. May 6th. The water only has a few more inches before it makes it to our fence.

We’re still optimistic that water will not get in our home. A few of our neighbors have received evacuation notices. They are further east of us and we believe it may be due to where their electrical boxes are located. We’re hoping that electricity stays on, but that’s our newest worry.

Thanks for all your comments and calls!! Until tomorrow!

mississippi river flood 2011. may 4. 7 days to crest

6 May

For you out-of-town readers I thought I would help clear up some confusion, at times the news media says “Harbor Town” or “Mud Island”. Harbor Town is a community on Mud Island. It was the first community built, the remainder of the Island is considered Mud Island. Miss Cordelia’s, Maria Montessori School, and the Arbor’s Apartments are all in Harbor Town. The road Island Place is not. I hope that helps.

On another note, I know I’m repeating 7 days to crest, they are now predicting that the river will not crest until May 11th, not the 10th. I’ve worked 12hrs shifts the last few days so it’s been difficult to find time to take pictures, much less blog them. Here are a few that I took Wednesday evening, May 4th. Bare with me on the quality, it was getting dark.

In Harbor Town

The cottages that are near the Montessori school. Really, really close to getting water in their homes.

Auction bridge

the marina

the marina

the Montessori school is to the left

the marina

This was a little scary. Stuart said he saw the match behind our house.

South end of Island, near the round-about.

South parking lot

Love the Coast Guard, who I'm sure are working crazy hours and extremely hard to keep us safe. Thank You!!!

I've taken this same shot a few days in a row and will post a sequence in my next post.

South parking lot

I hope to get out this afternoon a get a few more. The water has definitely crept up very near our fence, we still continue to take it day by day and are watching the news.

There have been a MILLION people driving to the Island to take pictures of the river. As much as I understand the desire to see how amazing this flood is, all the traffic has added to the anxiety of those of us who live in the community.  People just stop  in the driving lane, put on their flashers and get out of their cars to take pictures. OR they pull over super quick, try to parallel park on a busy street. It’s been nuts! Thankfully law enforcement is now only allowing people who live on the Island access, although I’m sure that’s hard and I haven’t been stopped. They’ve said they were going to ticket people who come over! Hopefully just the threat will help! We’ve even had tour buses!!


Pulling over for pics! With their flashers on.

mississippi river flood watch 2011. may 2. 8 days to crest

3 May

Wow! What a day!! Osama Bin Laden and the flooding have consumed my day. Many news reports on both aspects have not allow my mind to escape either subject. We also were not able to escape the rain. Heavy to moderate rains pelted us all night last night and until about noon today. It’s currently 7:45pm and we are expecting rain all night tonight. During the break from the rain I walked Bailey down to the river and took more pictures of Greenbelt Park.

The south parking lot is now taking on water and is closed. I expect by morning it will be totally under water.

The south area of island is the main access to the island.  Its my understanding that the north side access will be the first to be underwater at approximately 45 to 46′. We’ll lose total access at the south side (main access) at approximately 48 feet. The new predictions are that the river will crest at 48′ on May 10th. According to the National Weather Service River Forecast System the river is at 42.1 feet as of 3:55pm today. Stuart and I and many of our neighbors feel that at 48 feet water will not be in our homes, we all just concerned that we will not have access to our homes. Anything above that and well, we’ll just have to see.

Round-about (main access) is to the left. South parking lot is behind me.

South parking lot

Standing on sidewalk at south parking lot. Round-about to my left

See picture from yesterday.

Back of our yard. From fence, again.

Another view, with the fence, hoping you can see the perspective.

Facing north

Flags measuring the rise of the water.


Another soap box, look at all the TRASH!!! Ugh!!! Another post for another day!

Patricia, if you're reading again today Island Park Apts are to the right.

North parking lot. See pictures from yesterday

North parking lot

Island Drive at Mud Island Drive at Island Park Apts. No water on the road yet.

Facing south.

Here is a link to one of our local news stations Action News 5 and a link to the Shelby County Office of Preparedness they have good maps regarding flood areas and road closings. From a definitive standpoint we (Mud Island) are flooded.

God is MIGHTY and in control. I continue to remind myself of that and that all I can do is prepare and pray. I’m definitely keeping all those that have already experienced detrimental effects from these catastrophes in my prayers. I’m praying for strength and hope for all those effected.

mississippi river flood watch 2011

1 May

In the past few weeks the weather in the south has been more than incredible. The storms in Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee have done way too much damage, and now we are on flood alert for a 100 year flood. As many of you know Stuart and I live on Mud Island, the “island”, and the Mississippi River flows beside our wonderful neighborhood. Many parts of Memphis are flooded as are parts of the island. This morning Stuart, Greg, and I went down to the river and around the neighborhood and took pictures of the rising waters. While we were out we ran into many neighbors taking photos as well and one woman made a good point, she said technically we are flooded. This morning the news said the river is at 41 feet and expected to crest at 45. I’m no river flooding expert but that’s only 5 more feet of rising. So from the looks of things I think our home will be ok and currently we’re not thinking that the water will get to our house. We’re more concerned that  access to the island will be cut off and we’ll either be stuck on or off the island.  Mostly I want my family to see these pictures and I hope they provide some comfort that we’re not under water. We are going to pack a bag and have some emergency idems on hand should we have to leave the house. Just say some prays. We are taking the flood seriously but Stuart and I think we’ll be safe.

Taken from our fence in the back of our yard. The water has a way to go to make it to the fence.


Another shot from the fence.


I'm standing on the sidewalk at the south parking lot of Greenbelt Park across from the roundabout.


South end of park. Sidewalk is up and to the right. Island Drive (access to the island) is to the right of the sidewalk.


Now I'm standing on the sidewalk near Island Drive, looking down at the river.


Still south end of park. Again, from sidewalk.


South end of park at the lower sidewalk, obviously closest to the river.


Now we're at the middle parking lot of the park. Facing the north end. The flooding is most impressive at the north end, the south end a close second.


North parking lot signs, completely under water. I'm standing at the water line.


North parking lot.


Boat ramp, parking lot is to the left of the photo.


North parking lot. I'm facing the south. Side walk is up on the left.



North parking lot.


I thought these boys were cute, throwing drift wood back into the river.


Mud Island Boat Ramp!!! Realllllyyyy?!



North end of Island Place. This road floods if it rains for two days, but it's seriously under water now! Obviously the road is closed.

 So, the water is obviously very high. We are staying on top of the news and are hoping the Corp and Coast Guard (located on the island) will keep us posted on the water levels and will give us fair warning of possible evacution.  Unfortunately it continues to rain and I’m not sure if that rainfall has been considered. God is the only one in control and I am  doing my best to trust Him.

praise God for the daffodils

11 Mar

A few weekends ago my parents came to Memphis for a visit. It was a nice relaxing time, so much so that when the sun actually came out for a couple of hours we took full advantage, taking our camping chairs to the one spot in our yard that was not shaded…and we sat, basking in the golden, glorious warmth. We drank a few beers, Stuart and Dad smoked a cigar, and we sat. (My mom is going to kill me for posting this pic!)

Oh my gosh I’m so ready for spring to get here!!!!!! I’m ready to sit on the patio in the mornings with my coffee. I love when it’s still a little crisp in the air but the sun is out and you know the day will warm up. I’m soooo ready! I’m ready to wear my sunglasses, open the sunroof, but still wear thin longsleeves. I love spring!!!

Praise God for the daffodils!!! They are a little reminder that spring really is on the way!!

A little off the subject:

One fun thing about my parents visit is they brought their dog, Greta. She is so so incredibly hilarous!!! She’s a tiny little thing, but loves Bailey and Charter!! Here is a pic of the funny little fur ball

Love you Greta girl!!!


Also….stay tuned a new post coming soon: stu’s brews and aly’s ales!!! can’t wait to share our new hobby!!