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La. readies to open spillway, flood Cajun country
Yahoo! News via AP ^ | 5/14/11 | MARY FOSTER and MELINDA DESLATTE

Posted on 05/14/2011 9:32:31 AM PDT by Santa Fe_Conservative

LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. – Army engineers prepared Saturday to slowly open the gates of an emergency spillway along the rising Mississippi River, diverting floodwaters from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, yet inundating homes and farms in parts of Louisiana's populated Cajun country.

About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures could be in harm's way when the Morganza spillway is unlocked for the first time in 38 years. Sheriffs and National Guardsmen were warning people in a door-to-door sweep through the area, and shelters were ready to accept up to 4,800 evacuees, Gov. Bobby Jindal said.

Some people living in the threatened stretch of countryside — an area known for small farms, fish camps and a drawling French dialect — have already started fleeing for higher ground.

In Krotz Springs, La., one of the towns in the Atchafalaya River basin bracing for floodwaters, Monita Reed, 56, recalled the last time the Morganza was opened in 1973.

"We could sit in our yard and hear the water," she said as workers constructed a makeshift levee of sandbags and soil-filled mesh boxes in hopes of protecting the 240 homes in her subdivision.

Elsewhere, workers were trying to shore up other levees, and engineers were tediously inspecting other floodwalls to make sure they would hold.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: flood; levees; louisiana; mississippi

1 posted on 05/14/2011 9:32:36 AM PDT by Santa Fe_Conservative
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

Remember during President Bush I, he heralded through legislation which guaranteed “No net loss of wetlands”? The Army Corps of Engineers is going to create some brand new wetlands - does that mean we can now take areas in Florida that have been declared “Wetlands” by federal decree and DEVELOP THE LAND??!!!


2 posted on 05/14/2011 9:40:08 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
Article needs to be taken with LARGE shaker-full of salt. The area about to be flooded has long been set aside as floodway, and anybody who lives and/or has assets there has had fifty years to decide to stay or leave, and has been REPEATEDLY told so (and probably flooded in 1973 as well).

Most of the Cajuns that live there are the "Swamp Rat" variety, who make their living from hunting/trapping/fishing. And many of them have homes that float, or are elevated on pilings.

3 posted on 05/14/2011 9:42:44 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Ken522

“does that mean we can now take areas in Florida that have been declared “Wetlands” by federal decree and DEVELOP THE LAND??!!!”

Sorry Hilton Head has dibs on the exchange. The people from Ohio need more space to build their retirement homes.


4 posted on 05/14/2011 9:43:14 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...My theory is, college student body presidents become DEMS orRINO's.)
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
Went Googleizing for images of Krotz Springs, and find that the movie Easy Rider "ended" there....


5 posted on 05/14/2011 9:45:59 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Ken522

HUH? This is exactly what the spillway was designed to do. If anything the flooding will replenish what has been lost to coastal erosion which is what the Mississippi used to do before the government decided it was best to control the Mighty Mississippi. The government is just praying that the river doesn’t do what it wants to do and that is change course.


6 posted on 05/14/2011 9:47:09 AM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: Wonder Warthog

That’s good to hear.


7 posted on 05/14/2011 9:57:06 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Wonder Warthog

You are correct. Not to mention the fact that landowners were well compensated by the Federal gov’t. for the perpetual right to do exactly what they’re about to do.


8 posted on 05/14/2011 9:57:49 AM PDT by Fireone (Heating the tar and readying the feathers.)
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative
Morganza during normal river flow sits high and dry:


Morganza during high water:

9 posted on 05/14/2011 10:29:35 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: Ken522

The entire basin is already considered wetland.


10 posted on 05/14/2011 10:33:48 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Aw....yer makin’ me homesick. My number of trips over the control structure has to be in the thousands.


11 posted on 05/14/2011 10:35:40 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog
Correct. Although “Swamp Rats” might be taken wrongly, some mighty good people down there. This is South Louisiana swamp, little else and most is already water. Most dwellings are likely elevated for just such situations, except maybe the scourge of trailer houses will be washed away.

Many will welcome the extra water, wild crawfish harvest should be tops.

12 posted on 05/14/2011 10:43:34 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Wonder Warthog

Which pronunciation do you use?
a-CHAFF-a-lie-ya
or
ACH-a-fa-lie-ya
I’ve heard it said both ways.

If I could get reincarnated
I’d choose to come back as a cajun.


13 posted on 05/14/2011 10:45:43 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: dusttoyou
"Although “Swamp Rats” might be taken wrongly, some mighty good people down there."

True, and I probably should have added my "standard disclaimer". I grew up among them, and "most" of them are wonderful people. A lot of them "poor as dirt", and a bit looked down on by their prairie cousins, but still great folks. To paraphrase...."some of my best friends are "Swamp Rats"".

14 posted on 05/14/2011 10:47:57 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Wonder Warthog

And the best cookin this side of Brazil!


15 posted on 05/14/2011 10:53:13 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Repeal The 17th
"Which pronunciation do you use?"
"a-CHAFF-a-lie-ya"
"or"
"ACH-a-fa-lie-ya"
"I’ve heard it said both ways."

Me too, but I personally use the first.

"If I could get reincarnated I’d choose to come back as a cajun".

I consider myself one by adoption (and by marriage). They certainly know how to "pass a good time".

16 posted on 05/14/2011 10:55:18 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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17 posted on 05/14/2011 10:55:43 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: dusttoyou
Many will welcome the extra water, wild crawfish harvest should be tops.

Wait for the water to go down, and hit the ponds. Load up in just a couple hours time. It would be more than welcomed, especially with the prices that hit this year.

18 posted on 05/14/2011 10:59:12 AM PDT by chemicalman ("The taxpayer - work for the Fed gvmt, but doesn't take a civil service exam. Reagan)
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To: dusttoyou
"And the best cookin this side of Brazil!"

Well, not having been to Brazil, I am unqualified to judge...but certainly the best cuisine to be had in the United States (and I've traveled enough to know).

Oddest restaurant ever....a Thai restaurant run by a Cajun and a Mexican (his wife). Opened just before I left Louisiana. I would love to have eaten there just once.

19 posted on 05/14/2011 10:59:38 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Repeal The 17th

Most just say CHAFF-LIE.


20 posted on 05/14/2011 11:04:28 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

Why does Barack Obama hate Cajuns?


21 posted on 05/14/2011 11:16:42 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Great children's books - http://www.UsborneBooksGA.com)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Map of the area to be flooded:
http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2011/05/prepare_to_open_morganza_flood.html


22 posted on 05/14/2011 11:26:27 AM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: greene66

Pretty easy to recognize folks that “ain’t from around there”!


23 posted on 05/14/2011 11:27:53 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

“LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. – Army engineers prepared Saturday to slowly open the gates of an emergency spillway along the rising Mississippi River, diverting floodwaters from Baton Rouge and New Orleans, yet inundating homes and farms in parts of Louisiana’s populated Cajun country”

As a high-ranking official in the Nixon administration once said about the Jews:
“F*** ‘em, they don’t vote for us anyway”…..

(I believe that quote came to light during the Watergate investigation and I also believe that whoever said it made an accurate, if crude, observation)


24 posted on 05/14/2011 11:57:01 AM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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To: Wonder Warthog

Brazil politics suck, but its food paradise. Try one of the Brazillian restaurants, like Fogo da Chau.


25 posted on 05/14/2011 12:18:20 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Repeal The 17th

First pronunciation. No one I’ve ever heard here uses the second.


26 posted on 05/14/2011 7:00:29 PM PDT by JLLH
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