Henry G. Crowell, of Massachusetts, who visited New Orleans as a commissioner, for the purpose of ascertaining what use was being made of the fund contributed by the citizens of Boston, and what further assistance, if any, was necessary to alleviate the necessities of the sufferers, made a report to the mayor and citizens, at a meeting in the Boston City Hall. After describing, in terms of high praise, the method by which relief is distributed, Mr. Crowell said of the extent of the inundation:—
The calamity, in extent and ruinous consequences, is one of the greatest that has occurred from fire, storm, or flood on this continent during the current century. To see for myself the nature of the great inundation, I went to Brashear, 80 miles west of New Orleans, the last 23 miles through an unbroken flood, varying in depth from three to six feet, which pours from the distant crevasses on the Mississippi, and devastates an immense region. I also went up the Mississippi about 200 miles to Port Hudson, in order to witness the passage of the vast volume of water rushing through the several crevasses, varying in width from 500 to 1,500 feet, roaring like a cataract, having swept away every obstacle in its course, until it spread itself, like a vast fan, over the neighbouring country.
Source: The Advocate