Skip to comments.Mississippi River flooding in New Orleans area could be massive if Morganza spillway stays closed
Posted on 05/11/2011 8:09:34 AM PDT by trumandogz
If the Morganza Floodway is not opened to funnel 300,000 cubic feet per second of water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya River basin, the additional water could cause levees to fail along the river from Morganza to Plaquemines Parish, including all of the New Orleans area, resulting in as much as 25 feet of floodwater, according to a map provided to state officials by the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday.
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Stuck on repeat?
Have they got the Old River Control Structure secured? Seems to me they had a real close call a few years ago where it almost washed away changing the course of the Mississippi for ever.
How does Obama feel about black people?
Just wondering. When will that great philosopher/conscience of the nation, Kanye West, weigh in on the racial feelings of the president? He likes to weigh in on same at times of disasters happening in areas with significant black population.
Who is the present mayor of New Orleans, any changes in the last couple of years?
True dat. Obama is going to let New Orleans drown because he hates black people.
Jindel says it isn’t a matter of if these will be opened..but when.
The Atchafalaya River will capture the Mississippi, its only a matter of time. Building the levees higher, diverting through the Morganza, etc., etc. are just going to delay the inevitable for a few more years.
In retrospect, I don’t understand why Kanye West was even on that charity telethon after Katrina. Is a rap singer really a legitimate entertainer in the first place?
Maybe I’m behind the times, but I thought rap was obscene, and full of violent imagery. I thought those “performers” were in the shadows of the entertainment business, not unlike the way pornography is in the shadows. Yet it seems that rap has really been forced into the mainstream. Just an observation.
I’m not bullish on New Orleans long term.
My problem is they are blowing holes in the dams and such to flood farm land. What do they think that’s going to do to our food sources and prices? It sounds hard hearted I know, but, you either let the towns flood and it affects them more or less alone. Or you flood farm land and it affects everyone. With the possibility of a food shortages.
It is it bit strange that they would write a “what if” article since it is well established that the Morganza will be opened.
And not only will the Morganza be opened, but I would not be surprised to see levees below NOLA dynamited.
You know damn well if the SHTF in New Orleans, Jindal will get all the blame.
I concluded from what I was reading a couple days ago that they would open the Morganza. This article contains the justification.
It would be much more expensive to intentionally flood New Orleans than it would be to intentionally flood some farmland.
They reallly have no choice. Very disturbing how these flood waters are affecting the whole stretch of the Missippi and it’s tributaries. Doesn’t look like many will escape the affects, one way or another. Including the nation as a whole.
The river has been changing channels now for a couple of centuries. Eventually it comes out at Morgan City ~ and that's a certainty.
Did you see what the OHIO FORK (the largest Mississippi tributary) did at the end of the last Major Glaciation? It cut clean through the limestone floor to connect with its upper reaches ~ you need to read about the TEAYS river to get a feel for it.
The Ohio is actually larger than the Mississippi (in CF/M) where the two join.
Fortunately for the lower reaches of the river, the flood control features built over the last 80 years along the upper reaches seem to be working decently so the flood should be over sometime this year rather than next year!