Beale Street is world famous for blues music, and there's always some bass of the musical sort emanating from the establishments on Beale, but bass of the piscine variety... well, that's another matter.
So, are there bass (with fins and gills) swimming on Beale Street?
Probably not... but at the moment... it is possible. A tiny little bit of Beale is underwater after all.
|The intersection of Beale St. and Riverside Dr. underwater.|
Just in case you've been living under a rock for the past few days, or maybe just getting out and fishing more than I have, the Mississippi River is more than 13' above flood stage at Memphis today. It will come close to the record flood level of 1937 when it crests in the next 48 to 72 hours. I think most of the national news broadcasts will be brought to you from the big "M" tomorrow.
|Tom Lee Park hidden by flood waters.|
On the other side of the railing in the photo above lies Tom Lee Park, but you can't see it because it's underwater. This park is home to the major events of the Memphis in May International Festival including Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Music Fest escaped the wrath of the big river last weekend, but the BBQ event (May 12-14) has been relocated for the first time in its 33 year history.
Despite the impression that the news media might be giving the country, downtown Memphis is not flooded. There are many homes, churches, schools, and businesses that have been hit hard, but the majority of the city sits well above the mighty Mississippi. Although there is a fair amount of localized flooding around the city, the hardest hit places are mostly in outlying areas well outside of Memphis. I don't mean to minimize the seriousness of this event, but the actual number of people affected by the flood is rather small for a metropolitan area of well over one million people.
On a more positive note, my Memphis Grizzlies finally decided that winning NBA playoff games was a good thing...
|First Tennessee Bank showing a little support for the home team.|
|Beale Street after the last Grizzlies victory over OKC Thunder|
There's a lot going on in Memphis right now, but unfortunately no fishing for me... unless the bass start biting on Beale Street.