Local U.S. Congressman Gets a Bird's Eye View of Mississippi River Flood Damage
January 9, 2016
In The News
United States Congressman, Ralph Abraham, who is a volunteer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, is helping keep a sharp eye on the Mississippi river by taking to the skies.
"As you can see there is still a lot of water, and unfortunately we have not gotten to the crest yet. I like to fly at least once a week in this type of stage. I personally just get a feel for what's happening and see the subtle changes," says Abraham.
Photos are sent back to the Coast Guard in New Orleans and St. Louis to help determine a plan of action.
Meanwhile, rain fall causes flooding in nearby fields and pastures, and it's not a helpful scenario.
"A lot of the farm land on the other side of the levee is pretty much under water, but that will drain off very quickly. But, where is it going to go when it drains? It's going to go into the Mississippi river," says Abraham.
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