Lauderdale Mansion Deemed Safe from Flooding



I appreciate all the letters of concern, but wanted to reassure my half-dozen readers that the Lauderdale Mansion, Lauderdale Library, and Lauderdale Sn0-Cone Parlor are — for now — safe from the rising flood waters.

As you can see from this exclusive photo taken from the Memphis Flyer's "Fly-Witness News" helicopter, the sprawling Mansion — perched high atop Mt. Moriah — is well out of reach of the murky waters that have swallowed the neighborhoods surrounding it.

I feel somewhat (but not entirely) bad for my neighbors, who clamored at the gates all night long, hoping to find refuge inside my estate, but what was I supposed to do? They are not Lauderdales, and never will be.

And as for the poor little children at the orphanage just down the street, the tedious task of filling sandbags from dawn to dark will harden them for the struggles they will surely face later in life, so every cloud does have a silver lining.

Reader Comments:
May 11, 2011 09:06 am
 Posted by  warbirdali

Hard times indeed but one has to bear up when things get grizzly

May 13, 2011 01:26 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

what mansion/castle is this really a picture of?

May 15, 2011 02:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

That's either Mont St. Michel in France or Mt. St. Michael in England. Probably the former.

Steppendackel

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