St. Bernard Crevasse, July 9, 1922. Auto being towed off temporary ferry over break in levee.

In late April, 1922, the Mississippi River broke through the levee in front of the Poydras plantation in St. Bernard Parish, flooding large portions of the parish. This was not the "Great Flood" of 1927, but it was a season of high water and high anxienty all along the Mississippi. For the most part, the levees held the river back that year, but there were breaks at Myrtle Grove and Ferriday as well as at Poydras. The Poydras crevasse eventually reached a width of 1500 feet--so wide that cars had to be ferried across the break, as Amardeil's photograph (taken more than two months later) shows.