For some days now we have been watching the television news of the flooding in Texas and the storm moving up to Louisiana.
I cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those poor souls that have lost everything in the floods, and some their lives.
At a time like this it might seem a bit heartless and crass for me to ask a question about the tobacco growing situation there, but I think others may also be pondering what is happening at this time.
I do not have a clue about American geography. Hopefully someone can enlighten me.
I read some time ago that Perique tobacco has been historically grown, in a triangle of land, at the junction of two rivers in Louisiana. Apart from the later processing, the unique flavour and taste are attributed to the unusual soil on these farms.
I was wondering if anyone knew if the locality was in danger of flooding and possibly having the unique soil composition washed away.
Also, looking at videos of Perique production, it all seems a bit homespun. Leaves hanging up in barns and lofts, barrels of tobacco processing in sheds etc.
I was thinking that floods on these scales could devastate the Perique industry. So much so that we might never see its like again.
Can anyone shed any light on the situation.
It is with mixed feelings that I have posted this question.
Religion is supposed to be a "no no" here, but hopefully we can all say a prayer to our various Gods for the survivors, or if if not religious, Sympathetic Thoughts for their situation.