Seasonal Flooding Comes to the Batture
With the Mississippi River cresting in New Orleans at 17 feet this May, there’s one community that’s had a ring-side seat to the water’s rise. The folks who live in the Batture – the small strip of land between the levee and the Mississippi River -- have been watching the river flow into their yards and underneath their homes over the last several weeks. The Batture once stretched all the way to Audubon Park, but now it’s a cluster of 12 camps, or houses, in Old Jefferson, just past the Orleans Parish line.
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© Eve Abrams 2010