Skip to comments.Louisiana Is About To Be Flooded With A Wall Of Water Nearly As Big As Connecticut
Posted on 05/14/2011 1:01:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Morganza floodway, a safety valve on the Mississippi River that allows water to flow into low lying areas north of major cities, is set to be opened today unleashing a wall of water on the region.
The water flow will impact at least 2,500 people, and potentially as many as 22,500, according to Bloomberg. From Bloomberg:
The opening of Louisianas Morganza floodway today may send enough water to fill a football field 10 feet deep every second across the heart of Cajun country, eventually filling an area almost as large as Connecticut.
Major General Michael Walsh, president of the Mississippi River Commission, has told Col. Edward Fleming to open the spillway as soon as the rivers flow reaches 1.5 million cubic feet per second at Louisianas Red River Landing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement.
The flood is already impacting the area around Memphis, and farmland there is expected to be underwater through the summer. When the floodgate is opened, 15,000 acres of farmland will be flooded in Louisiana as well.
The opening of the Morganza floodway will also have an impact on oil and gas production in the region, as several refineries operate in affected areas.
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Wish we could rout that water to west Texas.
Why doesn’t Obammie the Commie do something to prevent this and save Louisiana?
Obama hates red states.
It’s Bush’s fault.
Red State= New flood plain
It will most likely be a slow flow of water that will take days to reach its highest levels, not a wall of water.
“Red State= New flood plain”
How would you solve the problem?
What would you do with all the water flowing down the Mississippi?
RE: Why doesnt Obammie the Commie do something to prevent this and save Louisiana?
You expect him to perform a miracle to make the waters recede? Who do you think he really is — The Messiah? :)
Obammie the Commie = Barry the Bastard
“Why doesnt Obammie the Commie do something to prevent this and save Louisiana?”
This will save New Orleans from flooding, just as it was intended to do when the Morganza Spillway was completed in 1954.
“...as soon as the rivers flow reaches 1.5 million cubic feet per second at Louisianas Red River Landing...”
The gage reading is currently at 62.13 feet.
I don’t know what that translates to in MCF/second...
True. Additionally, the concept of a Wall as big as Connecticut has me scratching my head.
Oh, he can do anything...just...ANYThing.
MMM MMM MMM
Brack Who’s Sane? Obummer
Maybe someone should start a trans-Texas water pipeline commission. This can’t be the first time this has happened nor is it likely to be the last.
According to this data:
the trigger point has been reached.
I think they said it last happened in 1973. I’m watching it live; goodly amount of water pouring through.
I wonder if CIC has to make the ultimate call on this. Will he take credit for it?
I doubt he made the call on this but you can be sure if it works he will indeed take credit for it.
mother nature strikes again.
“...Im watching it live...”
You got a linky dink?
The flow at Vicksburg is currently 2.2 million cfs.
He’s the Messiah, isn’t he, at least compared to Bush, who is responsible for all the ills of the world?
So he should have raised his limp-wristed little girlie hand and made the rains stop.
It will take someone smarter than me pull it off.
Just read where the crest does not reach Vicksburg until Thursday.
Do you think they’re is watching it “live live”; or “video live”?
Officials opened the Morganza spillway around 3 p.m., letting 10,000 cubic feet of water per second pour through one of the structure's 125 bays.
Water from the first 24-hours of flooding because of the opening is not expected to reach any permanently inhabited communities, according to Col. Ed Fleming, commander of the New Orleans District of the Corps
Fleming said the spillway will operate at only about 25 percent of it's capacity to release 600,000 cubic feet of water per second, but only one bay -- which releases 10,000 cubic feet of water per second -- will be opened today.
Here’s a youtube video:
Water Gushes From Morganza Floodway
Okay can someone brief me on this....I know that there’s more than enough rainfall fairly recently but I’m still not understanding why the Mississippi is acting out like this. I mean it’s not even hurricane season yet!
Scuba Dave action figure ...
Because he gets his beef form overseas? Or maybe because he is a uncompassionate progressive. Or maybe because mostly "white folk" will be affected. Or maybe because he's still on his victory lap. Or maybe because he's courting the hispanics, and the Mississippi will become his moat after he hands over the Western US to Mexico. He's a busy man-child...
The reason Louisiana exists is to absorb Mississippi floods.
The land has been misappropriated for other uses so the concept of saving is not really valid.
In his nomination victory speech, he said his presidency would be remembered as the time when the waters (oceans) began to recede.
What, Bambi, all outta miracles already?
They’ll be lucky it doesnt blow the levees out in N.O.
You can stand downtown N.O. and when you look to the river you are actually looking UP at the ships. How sturdy those levees are after Katrina? Time will tell. Gonna be 2 feet from topping.
If you do a little research you will find that in the upper Mississippi valley rainfall had been in the range of 200 to 300 percent over normal in the last few weeks.
When water flows downhill the river rises. A huge amount of water is flowing into the Mississippi primary floodpath.
Actually, a record amount of water is flowing. Everyone hopes the flood control systems we have spent trillions of dollars on over the last 75 years will work.
“I wonder if CIC has to make the ultimate call on this. Will he take credit for it?”
The final say falls to the Mississippi River Commission
Morganza Spillway to open Saturday
From above linked article-
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) — The Morganza spillway will open sometime Saturday. The decision came down from seven members of the Mississippi river commission on Friday. The corps says it will open the spillway when the river flow reaches a certain point, but an exact timing wasn’t known. However, sources tell WAFB it could happen Saturday at 3:00 PM.
They have tried to contain it. They can coax that water to do things for a while but eventually it will do what it wants.
“True. Additionally, the concept of a Wall as big as Connecticut has me scratching my head.”
That’s what I was thinking. More crappy writing from the LSM.
Perhaps an area rug the size of Connecticut.
Snow melt + rain + global warming = must be Bush’s fault!
Does anyone actually give a damn so long as the links at the Ft Belvoir golf course are ok?
The vast majority of the people directly affected by the Morganza opening choose to live in fishing and hunting camps. For the most part, this part of Louisiana being flooded is uninhabited wetland.
These people make a living out in the wild and will return when the water goes down far enough.
A smaller number of homes in outlying incorporated areas such as Morgan City will also be affected, but these homes are being sandbagged. Again, these people know the risks and choose to live there.
As long as we don’t have to deal with any actual Connecticuters, we’ll be ok.