Can floods connect us?

For hundreds of years, thousands of people have connected with the Mississippi River. Today, we sometimes forget that the Mississippi is always flowing through our fair cities, at least until it floods.

In this moment, the river can be an extraordinarily humanizing resource. When we stand together on the Science Museum's plaza, peek over the rails on Kellogg Blvd.'s parkland, or sit near the steps on Harriet Island, all gazing at the flooding river, we are not accountants, scientists, or novelists but everyday people witnessing an event that still produces the same awe, fear, romance, or dread that thousands of people for hundreds of years before us have experienced when they too watched or experienced a flood.

In future posts, my colleagues and I will chat about the impact of flooding on the Mississippi's landscape and try providing some historical perspectives on river floods.

If you'd like to learn more about our National Park Service unit, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, please visit us at

-Ranger Brian

Check out our full feature on the 2010 Mississippi River flooding.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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KelsiDayle says:

It is so cool that you guys are focusing on this topic. River sustainability is "the business" of the Institute on the Environment's River Life program. Furthermore, Telling River Stories is a River Life project to connect personal histories to rivers. Check it out!

posted on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 3:59pm

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