River Talk

The 1965 Mississippi River Flood: YouTube edition

Since so many people are beginning to put the wheels in motion to prepare for anticipated near-record spring flooding, it's worth thinking more about the 1965 flood, which is the highest on record.

This video, posted by Jim Rossman from Elk River Minnesota, shows home video of the Mississippi between Otsego and Elk River, approximately River Mile 885, upstream from Minneapolis.  The film was taken by the late William Klemz, and uploaded courtesy of his son Brian Klemz.  In addition to the fascinating footage, Jim Rossman's information note provides good context and background for the event.

Get your cameras ready, folks; there's liable to be powerful footage to be captured this spring.  Send us your links and we'll try to post a record of the "Flood of 2011."

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