AP – Barbour grew up with flood history in his family

JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has a calm but urgent tone when he tells people in low-lying areas to prepare for possible flooding from the Mississippi River.
If it seems personal to the 63-year-old governor, it is.
Barbour and his wife, Marsha, spent part of last weekend moving their belongings out of their Humphreys County lake house, which is on the same land but not exactly the site of his mother’s childhood home.
“We got about 8 inches of water in lake house in 2008,” Barbour said.
Flooding is an unfortunate part of Barbour’s family lore.
Both sets of grandparents lived through the catastrophic Mississippi Delta flood of 1927, which killed hundreds, and he grew up listening to their memories of it.

AP
5/7/11