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Photos by Brad Vest via The Commercial Appeal

Vest has been named the Newspaper Photographer of the Year at the Pictures of the Year International competition. The 40 pictures in Vest’s portfolio of work that won the premier designation included photos from last year’s ice storm in West Memphis and tornado in Tupelo.

October 13, 2014 - Freddie Anderson stands out of the rain near a large fan while drying a sheet during the rain storm that came through Memphis. “It’s tough on us out here,” Anderson who has been homeless for the past eight months said. “It has sort of lifted me up though, knowing that I know how to survive.”

June 24, 2014 -Tamika Hamilton has lived in Foote Homes for five years with her fourteen-year-old son. “It’s all too close,” Hamilton said. She wants to move away because she feels the area has become unsafe. “It’s gotten so bad. They kept saying they were going to move us, but that was two years ago,” Hamilton said about the failed federal grant to demolish Foote Homes. “It seems we’ll have to kill each other off before they move us.”

March 28, 2014 - Bobby Malone, a worker at Kellogg’s for 54 years, walks across the Airways Blvd bridge while picketing along with other workers who have been locked out by Kellogg’s for over five-months. The National Labor Relations Board filed a formal complaint Thursday alleging Kellogg Co. violated federal labor law in the five-month-old lockout of Memphis cereal plant workers. 

July 30, 2014 - Fred Manuel, 20, stands in his doorway and talks with his neighbors. Manuel has stayed in Foote Homes for six years, originally with his parents, but he’s now on his own.

July 15, 2014 - Ivory Lobbins hugs his stepfather, Proctor Wilson, while visiting him at Methodist University Hospital where he was recovering from a leg amputation due to a gangrene infection. “I’m back because my dad is sick,” Lobbins said about moving back to Foote Homes to help care for his stepfather.

June 27, 2014 - A young man drapes his arms around a basketball pole marked with memorials while waiting to play a pickup game in Foote Homes, Memphis. This court is where neighbours gather for block parties as well as candlelight vigils.

September 11, 2014 - Priscilla Lester and her dog, Niko, watch out the window as firefighters make their way down Mountain Terrace Street in Frayser after flood waters came up into homes along Mountain Terrace during heavy early morning rains. Lester has lived in the home since 2003 and says this is the fourth flood that has affected the home. Lester was one of the few residents that was going to stay the night in her home after the flooding saying that she’s not afraid and that she has a shotgun just in case.

April 28, 2014 - Constance Lambert embraces her dog after finding it alive after returning to her devastated home along Clayton Ave in Tupelo, Mississippi. Lambert was at an event away from her home when the tornado struck and rushed back to check on her two dogs and cat. All three of the animals survived the tornado.

TNC047-157-221254-  
/O.NEW.KMEG.FL.W.0009.150221T2155Z-150222T1254Z/  
/ARLT1.1.ER.150221T2155Z.150222T0000Z.150222T0654Z.NO/  
923 AM CST SAT FEB 21 2015  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS TN HAS ISSUED A  
 
* FLOOD WARNING FOR  
 THE LOOSAHATCHIE RIVER AT ARLINGTON  
* FROM SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21 UNTIL SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22.  
* AT 09 AM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS...11.3 FEET.  
* MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.  
* MAXIMUM FORECAST STAGE OF 21.0 FEET SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21.  
* FLOOD STAGE IS 20.0 FEET.  
* FORECAST TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21 AND  
 CONTINUE TO RISE TO NEAR 21.0 FEET BY SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21. THE  
 RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22.  
AT 21.0 FEET, BRIEF ROAD IS FLOODING. FIELD FLOODING IS EXTENSIVE  
AROUND BRUNSWICK..
So I'm home.

And I have now seen how high the creek is by my house and oh my god.

I know. I live on relatively high ground and last year we were fine - but this isn’t last year and holy shit that creek is so high.

Of course, it was higher last week. That should be comforting, but not really.

And big fucking shocker - the schools most likely to be affected by the flood are the ones in the poor parts of town.

I did see a vulture on the way home and also some geese, including a gosling. So there’s that.

** Flood Advisory and Rain and Snow Melt Advisory is Valid from 2:26 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 21, 2015 For These West TN Counties : Chester, Henderson, Decatur & Madison !

** Flood Advisory and Rain and Snow Melt Advisory is Valid from 2:26 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 21, 2015 For These West TN Counties : Chester, Henderson, Decatur & Madison !

Flood Advisory

FLOOD ADVISORY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN 226 PM CST SAT FEB 21 2015 TNC023-039-077-113-212230- /O.NEW.KMEG.FA.Y.0004.150221T2026Z-150221T2230Z/ /00000.N.RS.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ CHESTER TN-HENDERSON TN-DECATUR TN-MADISON TN- 226 PM CST SAT FEB 21 2015 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... RAIN AND SNOWMELT IN...…

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