May 14, 1874 - Times Picayune. Flooding

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May 14, 1874 - Times Picayune. Flooding - rvicksbarg Herald, Sth. i ; . From a gentleman...
rvicksbarg Herald, Sth. i ; . From a gentleman recently arrived from Wynn's Island, Boeuf River, we hear the most pitiable stories of the condition of a large portion ef North Louisiana. He tells us that Wynn's Island, which is from ten to twenty miles wide, and about sixty miles long, is utterly submerged and without without a foot of tillable soil. Mr. Joel K. Wynn's plantation occupies the highest ground on the island, and the water is ten feet deep in his dwelling. The heavy rains have done most of the damage, causing the levee to break at Monroe and the Ouachita to overflow its banks. In Madison and Tensas parishes the overflow has been so geueral and bo sweeping tbat nearly all the stock has "been di owned, and the stench arising from .the floating carcasses is almost unbearable. unbearable. Our informant said he almost famished famished for water, being unable to drink the river water by reason of its sickening sickening smell. Nearly all the stock in the country, horeeB, mules, cattle, and even hogs, have been either drowned or starved to death, and even if the water should speedily subside the people would be unable .to make a crop for lack of stock and provisions, of which they have neither. The credit of the conn-try conn-try conn-try has gone, and the farmers have no means whatever of obtaining supplies, supplies, and are not likely to have any. ; South of Girard, in the neighborhood neighborhood of Alto and Bed Mouth, the people are actually living on the roofs of floating houses and on rudely constructed constructed rafts, in some instances air most dying ot hunger. ? ;' ,- ,- ;

Clipped from The Times-Picayune14 May 1874, ThuPage 8

The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana)14 May 1874, ThuPage 8
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