Tuesday, May 17, 2011
CNN, iReporters tell flooding story together

For weeks, people living near the majestic Mississippi River have been battling floodwaters and struggling to hold on to their homes, possessions and livelihoods. Their stories come from several states like Tennessee, where some cities are still under water, to Louisiana, where residents await the impending surge with awe and trepidation.


These hundreds of personal stories help paint the larger picture of the flooding saga. And iReporters and CNN reporters out in the field are telling the story together in CNN iReport’s Open Story. This joint collaboration is only the start of the future of storytelling – at least, we hope so!


Here are some of the highlights from the Open Story; one from an iReporter and one from a CNN staff member.


iReporter Faisal Abou-Shahla was in St. Francisville, Louisiana, over the weekend trying to convince his fiancée’s parents to leave town before floodwaters get too high. He says some of the town’s residents have tried to protect their homes – “there were a few seemingly futile attempts to put sandbags up” – and that some of the people who live in the homes in the photograph are still there, “waiting until the last second to leave.”


CNN Senior Photojournalist Ken Tillis captured images of floodwaters of the Yazoo River rising around the old train station in downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Monday. It sits outside the levee’s protection and the water is up to the first-floor windows already, he said.


Together, CNNers and iReporters are giving us little snapshots – like the ones above – into this sprawling story. Do you live in areas affected by the flood? We’d love to hear your account and add it to the flooding Open Story.

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May 19, 2011
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this flood have another side ,the economic side. i often wonder if the media and politicians keepers of our democracy and republic ever stop to think.how they are robbing and ripping off the citizens . the green movement and the global warming con men the carbon tax people are all getting paid billions even trillions shaking down auto consumers factories and industries for carbon taxes .they collect this money or tax all in the name of global warming .and they live large off this carbon tax or money.and you know what is really pissing me off.they cannot do a f/n thing to stop the f/n global warming.so why the fuck is our government shaking down the citizens and they know the cant stop the global warming .i say arrest these con men put them in jail and let them give the money to the global warming victims .why? because you got pais to fix or stop the fucking global warming .or how anout this the epa take their ass to the flood victims and let them clean the f/n place up and work for your f/n money for a change instead of killing our jobs .if our government  dont do anything ,then abolish this useless agency.why  are we are paying them ,if they cant stop the floods and they tax us stupid citizens for co2 and folks without co2 we all be dead .because the trees need the co2 its food for them and life foe us humans to live.wake up people demand the epa take the global warming money ,or, go to the flooding rivers and help clean up and earn your money for a change.or what are we paying you all for and you cant stop the floods .hurricane .tornados etc. ha.wake up people .

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