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Jindal says Morganza Floodway to open Sat. or Sun.; tells parishes to begin evacuation notifications
NOLA ^ | May 13, 2011 | Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

Posted on 05/13/2011 2:20:28 PM PDT by Qbert

In a news conference in Baton Rouge Friday, Gov. Bobby Jindal said the Army Corps of Engineers has made it clear to him that it will order the Morganza Floodway to be opened on Saturday or on Sunday at the latest.

“Now is the time to take action. Don’t delay, Don’t hope something will change,” Jindal said.

Jindal said he has asked state officials to tell parish governments to begin notifying their residents in areas in the Atchafalaya River basin expected to be flooded to begin evacuations. Some parishes have told him that they will complete notifications of residents of evacuation plans in a few hours, while others will need up to 48 hours.

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Red Cross officials have 22 shelters with 4,758 cots available for evacuees, and local emergency officials have told the state that the expected need is for 3,850 evacuees, Jindal said. But he said tens of thousands of additional spaces would be available quickly, if more are needed. 

Jindal said corps officials have told him they will open up the floodway slowly, over as many as four days, to provide adequate time for people to evacuate. Corps officials said a slow release also is necessary to allow wildlife to escape floodwaters, including dozens of endangered Louisiana black bears.

Jindal said it would take about three days for water to reach the southern part of the floodway, including Morgan City. The National Weather Service's Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center has predicted that the Atchafalaya River will crest at between 12 and 13 feet at Morgan City on May 23 if the floodway is opened. The previous record crest there, in 1973, was 10.6 feet.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: jindal; mississippiflood; mississippiriver; morganzafloodway

1 posted on 05/13/2011 2:20:33 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Pray for us in Louisiana. Pray for ALL in the Southern states affected, who will have to evacuate and will lose everything. And include the toronado victums in AL. My church just sent a truck to AL for Tornado victims and now we will need trucks for our state.


2 posted on 05/13/2011 2:32:19 PM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: Qbert

Prayers for all in Louisiana. The folks there have been through enough. I can’t say enough about the good people affected by this. I hope all will heed the call for help as the times come.


3 posted on 05/13/2011 2:35:54 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Qbert

Don’t worry.

Obamabutt littleschweinstucker is sending more money to the UAW as I type.

The unions will save you...right after they 1) refinish the golf courses, 2) pay off the appropriate democratic felo...er...congresscrooks, and 3) purchase some more fried chicken for the first mama.


4 posted on 05/13/2011 2:36:31 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

The MSM will go into a full-court press to blame this on Jindal and praise Obama’s response.


5 posted on 05/13/2011 2:37:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Qbert

God Bless these folks who may lose everything to the floods. My prayers are with them.


6 posted on 05/13/2011 2:37:40 PM PDT by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: Bitsy

Thoughts and prayers, Bitsy.


7 posted on 05/13/2011 2:40:22 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

Jindal will do whatever it takes to Save New Orleans.


8 posted on 05/13/2011 2:44:01 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

But if anything bad happens, Jindal will be blamed.

But I thought the MSM taught us during Katrina that the president is always to blame for perceived inadequate response to disasters.

However, that MSM rule only applies to Republicans. If a good Democrat is president, then by definition, he cannot be blamed. So then the blame goes to the ranking Republican, in this case, Governor Jindal.


9 posted on 05/13/2011 2:51:06 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: trumandogz

what a difference a good leader makes.........


10 posted on 05/13/2011 2:53:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Qbert

BEST HEED HIS ADVICE, THIS ONE IS SLOW RISING, EVEN SLOWER FALLING. We just got our first FEMA 1 bus in Memphis today. Bridges and roads that are closed may not be opened for months until T-DOT inspects them and clears them.

Our local gov’t has been real pro-active getting people and things out of harms way.


11 posted on 05/13/2011 3:21:08 PM PDT by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: dfwgator

Jindal isn’t nagan...he will get on TV and point fingers at 0 for failing to have help stationed nearby, like W did. Nagan was responsible for the loss of lots of those lives and living conditions. He stopped FEMA from coming in for a long time to cause W trouble and make it look like he didn’t care.

0 is coming to Memphis for Booker T Washington’s grad speech, and he will meet with first responders, ‘selected’ flood victims and local gov’t officials too. PHOTO OPP.

Our local gov’t has been REAL pro active.


12 posted on 05/13/2011 3:25:05 PM PDT by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: GailA

Get a boat, once that thing is opened they won’t be able to close it.


13 posted on 05/13/2011 3:26:20 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Qbert
Time to move Swamp People!! Troy ya hear...
14 posted on 05/13/2011 3:27:28 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Ladies and Gentlemen the _resident of the untied States!!)
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To: Rome2000

That is why they blew those levies in ILL.


15 posted on 05/13/2011 3:46:04 PM PDT by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: Qbert
There some 150 gates on the spillway. The gates will be opened as needed to keep the flow rate of the MS river at or below the established max of 1.5 million cu ft per sec.

A school bus along with other vehicles cross the Morganza Spillway Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Morganza.
(Photo by Brad Kemp/ bkemp@theadvertiser.com)

16 posted on 05/13/2011 3:55:47 PM PDT by deport
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To: trumandogz
Actually its to save Baton Rouge and its suburbs just south.
The levee is open between BR and NO which has placed the water level here below the levees but 1 ft if this levee was not opened.
17 posted on 05/13/2011 4:02:23 PM PDT by ncalburt (DO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: trumandogz
Except for blaming Jendahl, I agree with your statement. It appears they are willing to destroy the entire Mississippi Basin in order to save New Orleans. The levees in Southeast Missouri were blown to save Cairo Ill and ultimately New Orleans. I doubt that the city of Cairo was worth as much as the cost of the crops and homes in Southeast Missouri but the cost to the Corp of Engineers would have been much greater in that the claim that "the Corp is racist" would be heard for the next 10 years.
18 posted on 05/13/2011 4:04:22 PM PDT by flyover
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To: Rome2000
"Get a boat, once that thing is opened they won’t be able to close it."

Baloney. WHERE did you come up with THAT notion.

Note: I grew up in that area, watched the Morganza (and Old River) being built, was there for the 1973 flood, and drove over it for many years after that ('til 1995, when I moved to Washington for business reasons).

19 posted on 05/13/2011 4:08:01 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: ncalburt

Without opening the spillway, the river would rise to more than 19 feet in New Orleans and that would be enough to breach the levee.

The bottom line is that they must save New Orleans.


20 posted on 05/13/2011 4:09:36 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: flyover

It is in your best interest that the New Orleans area does not flood.


21 posted on 05/13/2011 4:11:55 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: Bitsy

I have been praying for you all suffering floods and for the Texasans suffering fires. What a wierd time!


22 posted on 05/13/2011 4:59:30 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Bitsy

That was supposed to be “Texans”.


23 posted on 05/13/2011 5:00:30 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: flyover

This is exactly why the spillway was built. It’s mostly water and swamps in the basin anyway.


24 posted on 05/13/2011 5:07:33 PM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: Qbert

25 posted on 05/13/2011 6:05:51 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: CajunConservative
"This is exactly why the spillway was built. It’s mostly water and swamps in the basin anyway."

Yup. Anyone who actually lives out there either has a house that floats, or is elevated on pilings. This time, the pilings might not be tall enough, but the floaters should be OK.

26 posted on 05/13/2011 6:37:27 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

I used to live in Morgan City when I was a kid and still remember my first drive through Pierre Part. That was eye opening. lol

The people in the affected area are not the same as the dependent class in NOLA. They are very resourceful and will do fine like their ancestors have done for hundreds of years now.


27 posted on 05/13/2011 7:00:38 PM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: Rome2000
"Get a boat, once that thing is opened they won’t be able to close it."

I did some checking, and you were partially right. The spillway that "won't be able to be closed" is the Bonnet Carre, and you left out a key phrase......"until the floodwaters subside".

The Morganza and Old River structures use a different design, and the bays therein can be opened or closed at any time, no matter what the level of the floodwaters might be.

28 posted on 05/14/2011 4:40:59 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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