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Mississippi River flooding in New Orleans area could be massive if Morganza spillway stays closed
The Times-Picayune ^ | 5.11.11 | Mark Schleifstein

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nola.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: 2011flood; mississippiriver; neworleans
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The will have to open the Morganza.
1 posted on 05/11/2011 8:09:37 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

Stuck on repeat?


2 posted on 05/11/2011 8:12:27 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: trumandogz

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.


3 posted on 05/11/2011 8:15:14 AM PDT by DManA
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To: trumandogz

4 posted on 05/11/2011 8:16:01 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

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.


5 posted on 05/11/2011 8:16:09 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: trumandogz
...including all of the New Orleans area...

Who is the present mayor of New Orleans, any changes in the last couple of years?

6 posted on 05/11/2011 8:16:37 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: ClearCase_guy

True dat. Obama is going to let New Orleans drown because he hates black people.


7 posted on 05/11/2011 8:17:42 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: EGPWS

Jindel says it isn’t a matter of if these will be opened..but when.


8 posted on 05/11/2011 8:18:21 AM PDT by caww
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To: DManA

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.


9 posted on 05/11/2011 8:18:45 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


10 posted on 05/11/2011 8:18:45 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: centurion316

I’m not bullish on New Orleans long term.


11 posted on 05/11/2011 8:20:27 AM PDT by DManA
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12 posted on 05/11/2011 8:20:35 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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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.


13 posted on 05/11/2011 8:20:53 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: caww

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.


14 posted on 05/11/2011 8:21:40 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

You know damn well if the SHTF in New Orleans, Jindal will get all the blame.


15 posted on 05/11/2011 8:21:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: caww

I concluded from what I was reading a couple days ago that they would open the Morganza. This article contains the justification.


16 posted on 05/11/2011 8:22:14 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: MsLady

It would be much more expensive to intentionally flood New Orleans than it would be to intentionally flood some farmland.


17 posted on 05/11/2011 8:24:00 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: swain_forkbeard

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.


18 posted on 05/11/2011 8:26:43 AM PDT by caww
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To: swain_forkbeard

Bingo.


19 posted on 05/11/2011 8:26:58 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: DManA
This is the Mississippi ~ whatever we have in the way can be swept aside at any moment.

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!

20 posted on 05/11/2011 8:27:45 AM PDT by muawiyah
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