This afternoon I slipped out of Dad's room while he and Mom rested, and took a walk along the levee. (The hospital is located just outside the levee, a bit west of downtown.) The muddy Mississippi was amazingly blue today, although I could only see it in little bits, since the trees that grow along the banks are as thick as the jungle, except where a clearing was made.
There is a wide expanse of grass that you can see in the foreground. That is about twelve or more feet below the pathway along the levee's crown, and probably helped keep this part of the city safe from the worst flooding. (You don't see many FEMA trailers in this neighborhood, though there was one outside a small Pentecostal church on River Road.)