2011 flood uncovered preserved cotton field in Coahoma County, Miss.

Via Western Farm Press ...

It turns out that the awesome power of the Mississippi River that was unleashed this past spring both gave and took away in the Mississippi Delta south of Memphis. An old cotton field in Coahoma County, Miss., that was buried under sediment in the Great Flood of 1927 was rediscovered after this year's historic flooding:

Fast forward to this past spring when floodwaters from the Great Flood of 2011 swept away the 5 feet of topsoil that the 1927 flood had deposited on the field. Like washing away a layer of mud from the bottom of an old pair of boots, the floodwaters revealed once again the treads of the old field, perfectly preserved sets of ancient mule tracks and old cotton rows.

Bowen Flowers and Pete Hunter, two Coahoma County cotton producers, were lucky enough to have seen the field while hunting this spring. Flowers took a few pictures on his iPhone. "You can actually see where the mule tracks were when they were rowing it up," said Flowers, who is serving as the president of the Delta Council this year. "It was like they were petrified."

The buried field avoided much damage from devastating flood of 1937, unlike Memphis up the river:

Those improvements in the 1930s helped confine the 1937 flood to a smaller area than the 1927 flood, according to Camillo. "We had to operate Birds Point that year (1937), but once you got down to the mouth of the Arkansas River, the flood kind of petered out because of the channel realignment, which had lowered flood stages by 10 to 12 feet. Most of the damage from the 1937 flood was limited to between Cairo, Ill., and Memphis."

Since last spring, work to repair broken levees and subsequent rains washed away forever what was left of that tough cotton field in Coahoma County, Miss.

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