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the great memphis flood of 2011

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i visited Memphis, TN last summer when i drove across the country.  right now, Memphis is under a great deal of stress as the Mississippi River is flooding and carrying garbage, oil, fertilizer, pesticides, and farm runoff down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Image via Joespakeblog

 

they’re calling it the Great Memphis Flood of 2011 – the river ran three miles wide which is nearly six times it’s original size.  the floods this year are the worst since 1927 and was caused by the massive amounts of rain the midwest has been receiving in these past weeks.

memphis is a beautiful and historical city – when we visited we stayed at The Peabody Hotel – built by Robert Brinkley in 1869.  the hotel was named for Brinkley’s late close friend, George Peabody.

March of the Ducks

 

during the day we went exploring and found the rooftop deck where they hold parties, as well as keep the ducks. yes, the peabody ducks. every single day at a specified time (11am and 5pm), the  peabody ducks march across the roofdeck, take the elevator down to the lobby, and have a swim in the fountain.  this has been a peabody tradition since the 1940s.

 

The Lobby

if you would like to lend a hand or support the victims of the memphis floods, simply click here for a list of ways you can help.

– smiley

 

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