By now, you may have already come to Downtown Memphis to have a look at the rapidly rising Mississippi River. According to our estimates, the river is still expected to crest tomorrow, reaching a maximum height of 48 feet. If you have questions or concerns about how your family, home, or business may be affected by the rising river, please go to StaySafeShelby.us or call (901) 324-8799.
The safety and security of every citizen remains our top priority during this time. Over the past few weeks, I have been in constant communication with Shelby County government, our Office of Emergency Preparedness, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Red Cross, and can report with confidence that we are completely prepared to deal with this situation. Our levees and flood walls are strong and we are working non-stop to protect and help those who may be impacted by the flood waters. Our hearts go out to all of those who have been asked to leave their homes due to the flood.
One portion of Beale Street, where it meets Riverside Drive, is flooded, but all of the clubs, restaurants, and shops on Beale Street and throughout the rest of downtown are open for business and eager to greet you. Our beautiful riverwalk offers stunning views of the river’s historic rise. Come join us! Visit the websites of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau or the Center City Commission for more information on downtown’s many great dining and entertainment options, including parking locations.
Note also that the 2011 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest has been relocated to Tiger Lane at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Please click here for more details on this terrific annual Memphis in May event!
Tonight, our Memphis Grizzlies continue their campaign against the Oklahoma City Thunder at FedEx Forum. If you don’t have tickets to tonight’s game, I hope you’ll find an establishment on Beale Street or elsewhere in Downtown Memphis to watch the game and root for the Grizz!
Yours in service,
A C Wharton, Jr.
Mayor, City of Memphis