Tag: 1927 flood

When the Levees Broke: The Flood That Made Rock and Roll

Written by | July 21st, 2011

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Did you know that a flood created rock and roll? Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman says the 1927 Mississippi River flood drove the migration of Delta Blues musicians northward…where they plugged into amps and got electrified.

Mississippi River Flooding: Can We Move Past 1928?

Written by | July 19th, 2011

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The good news about this spring’s Mississippi River flooding? Floodplains kept it from being much worse. But just using floodplains as safety valves is so 1928, says Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman.

Rising Floodwaters Compel Hard Decisions

Written by | April 29th, 2011

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A controversial decision to blow up a levee on the Mississippi and cause an intentional flood pits one state against another. Our Jeff Opperman looks at the science behind the battle.

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