by Sandra Evans
Once our friends were finally able to take their pontoon out on the Mississippi, we noticed how the flooding and extended period of high water had visually altered the river. The well-known Schumacher’s Island was considerably reduced in size, some beaches were no longer there, the shoreline was altered, and trees and vegetation had died. If all this is visible, there is likely much more devastation to the river beneath its surface and around its borders. The Mississippi is no longer the wild river it once was with an extensive floodplain, and our weather, especially rain events, have also considerably changed.
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