Sunday, September 07, 2008

Flood Level at the Foot of Beale

I noticed the flood gauge at the foot of Beale Street for the first time this summer.

Mississippi River Gauge on Beale
I've been wondering whether the River ever touched it.

And the answer is: only once, in February 1937, when the Mississippi crested at 48.7 ft.

Historic flood stage at 48.7 feet, as seen on Beale
The next closest crest was 45.80 ft on 04/23/1927.

In selecting where the City stopped and the River began, Memphis chose wisely.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Curt Cowan said...

Nice job, GOM. I don't recall noticing this either. Of course, there is a long river stage gage laid in the cobblestone wharf as well but it surely go this high.

12:18 AM  
Anonymous Curt Cowan said...

Correction: "...it surely DOESN'T go this high"

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Caitlin said...

That's ONE thing Memphis did right, then.

12:20 PM  

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