This is the last installment in this series. Faithful readers may wonder why “Day 5” never showed up, but we were too busy traveling and graduating to post Friday.
I confess I felt a lot more anxiety a week ago about the flooding situation than I feel today. The relief stems partly from the fact that nothing dreadful has happened (in spite of the earlier fears), the Basin flooding may not materialize to the degree earlier predcted, and I have now come in close and intimate contact with the floodwaters, having crossed in the past 48 hours both spillways twice, the Atchafalaya twice, and the Mississippi four times (twice the I-10 bridge at Baton Rouge, twice the Canal Street Ferry).
Hearing so much about the flood and the widespread fear these past weeks was stressful; but after seeing it, watching it, standing over it, even riding over it, I must have conquered the anxiety. What marvels of courage are wrought by planting both feet on one’s adversary’s back!
The Canal Street Ferry crossing this afternoon provided that occasion to “stand” on the River and study it up close. The robust current is truly dramatic as the water rides at a stunning level, but the fact that life on the River goes on as boat traffic plies the muddy tide up and down the harbor also helps one feel confident about relative safety.
After seeing so much of the flood, from west to east, my conclusion is that, yes, water levels are astonishing, but so is the engineering that’s keeping Baton Rouge and New Orleans dry.
Here’s to the marvels of technology! (So far, anyway.)