JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi River flood of 2011 may seem like a thing of the past for people who fled rising waters that never came. However, the final toll is shrouded in murky water for thousands of people devastated as the flood made its way from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico.
Thousands of acres of crops, timber and catfish farms are still flooded, mostly by tributaries that backed up because the Mississippi River was so high. Hundreds have been displaced, while others had nothing to go home to.
Along Louisiana's Atchafalaya River, hundreds evacuated when the Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza floodway. But dire forecasts that water could inundate the town of Butte LaRose haven't come to fruition.
The evacuation order was lifted, and most homes were spared.