Swampy trees engulfed in high waters, Lake Providence, Louisiana.
Just one day after these photos were taken, the US Army Corps of Engineers was forced to release the Bonnet Carre (and later the Morganza) spillways, flooding millions of acres of farmland. The move sent waters tumbling towards Lake Pontchartrain and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. Such drastic measures were necessary to avoid New Orleans being flooded by overflowing waters of the mighty Mississippi River.
Floodwaters inundated tens of thousands of acres of Missouri farmland and threatened downtown Memphis, Tennessee. High waters also rolled through parts of Arkansas and Mississippi, bringing widespread damage and devastation. Despite government assistance, the affected areas are struggling to recover from lost crops and flood-damaged homes and buildings.
I think "high waters" is a good metaphor for the high stakes hostage drama underway in Washington, D.C. Let's hope we don't drown!
Fishing from a wooden pier in danger from rising waters. Click photo to enlarge.