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Louisiana Is About To Be Flooded With A Wall Of Water Nearly As Big As Connecticut
Business Insider ^ | 05/14/2011 | Gregory White

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 Louisiana’s 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 river’s flow reaches 1.5 million cubic feet per second at Louisiana’s 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.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: flood; louisiana
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1 posted on 05/14/2011 1:01:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wish we could rout that water to west Texas.


2 posted on 05/14/2011 1:06:17 PM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why doesn’t Obammie the Commie do something to prevent this and save Louisiana?


3 posted on 05/14/2011 1:06:26 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Obama hates red states.


4 posted on 05/14/2011 1:07:34 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s Bush’s fault.


5 posted on 05/14/2011 1:07:57 PM PDT by chris haney
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Red State= New flood plain


6 posted on 05/14/2011 1:08:36 PM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: SeekAndFind

It will most likely be a slow flow of water that will take days to reach its highest levels, not a wall of water.


7 posted on 05/14/2011 1:10:27 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: WePledge

“Red State= New flood plain”

How would you solve the problem?

What would you do with all the water flowing down the Mississippi?


8 posted on 05/14/2011 1:10:47 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

RE: Why doesn’t 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? :)


9 posted on 05/14/2011 1:11:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Obammie the Commie = Barry the Bastard


10 posted on 05/14/2011 1:13:53 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

“Why doesn’t 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.


11 posted on 05/14/2011 1:13:57 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: SeekAndFind

“...as soon as the river’s flow reaches 1.5 million cubic feet per second at Louisiana’s Red River Landing...”
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The gage reading is currently at 62.13 feet.
I don’t know what that translates to in MCF/second...
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http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=rrll1
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http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/WaterControl/stationinfo2.cfm?sid=01120&fid=BTRL1&dt=S&pcode=HG
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12 posted on 05/14/2011 1:14:55 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

True. Additionally, the concept of a Wall as big as Connecticut has me scratching my head.


13 posted on 05/14/2011 1:15:09 PM 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: SeekAndFind

Oh, he can do anything...just...ANYThing.

MMM MMM MMM
Brack Who’s Sane? Obummer


14 posted on 05/14/2011 1:15:57 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Clump

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.


15 posted on 05/14/2011 1:17:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Repeal The 17th

According to this data:
http://www.weatherforyou.com/wxinfo/hw3/hw3.php?forecast=riversobs&gauge=RRLL1
the trigger point has been reached.


16 posted on 05/14/2011 1:17:32 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I think they said it last happened in 1973. I’m watching it live; goodly amount of water pouring through.


17 posted on 05/14/2011 1:19:39 PM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if CIC has to make the ultimate call on this. Will he take credit for it?


18 posted on 05/14/2011 1:26:15 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: mlizzy
Here's what they think will happen:

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19 posted on 05/14/2011 1:27:53 PM PDT by doc11355
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To: wtc911

I doubt he made the call on this but you can be sure if it works he will indeed take credit for it.


20 posted on 05/14/2011 1:29:24 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SeekAndFind

mother nature strikes again.


21 posted on 05/14/2011 1:29:39 PM PDT by RC one (DO NOT RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT!)
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To: mlizzy

“...I’m watching it live...”
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You got a linky dink?


22 posted on 05/14/2011 1:44:50 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

The flow at Vicksburg is currently 2.2 million cfs.

http://rivers.anglerguide.com/flows/hw3.php?forecast=riversobs&gauge=VCKM6


23 posted on 05/14/2011 1:55:04 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: trumandogz

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.


24 posted on 05/14/2011 2:00:00 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why are people allowed to build homes and farm in a natural floodplain? If they do it should be entirely at their own risk. This same area flooded in 1927 when the (known) high water mark was set. Big floods happen on a regular basis but people have short memories.
25 posted on 05/14/2011 2:00:59 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It will take someone smarter than me pull it off.


26 posted on 05/14/2011 2:04:20 PM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Repeal The 17th
I think mlizzy is an LA resident.

Corps opens Morganza Spillway

27 posted on 05/14/2011 2:05:04 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: trumandogz
To be honest, I can't offer a solution to the problem
which would satisfy everyone. There is no way to stop the floods as it stands today. The only thing to do IMHO is to pick certain areas as permanent flood basins and prohibit
populating those areas. This would require Obama strength
overuse of eminent domain and would bring a hue and cry
from affected states. Maybe lease it out for farming.
My original observation was fairly tongue in cheek. The
cries of O not responding to Tx. wildfires and Al.storm
damage and last years refusal to even acknowledge the flood devastation in mid. Tn. all seem to point to it.Sorry if you took me too seriously. My friends have learned not to.lol Patrick Durham
28 posted on 05/14/2011 2:05:39 PM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: meatloaf

Just read where the crest does not reach Vicksburg until Thursday.


29 posted on 05/14/2011 2:06:23 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: smokingfrog; mlizzy

Do you think they’re is watching it “live live”; or “video live”?


30 posted on 05/14/2011 2:11:03 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Officials opened the Morganza spillway at 3 p.m. today

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.

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31 posted on 05/14/2011 2:15:19 PM PDT by deport
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To: Repeal The 17th

Here’s a youtube video:
Water Gushes From Morganza Floodway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCVjQQCswFs


32 posted on 05/14/2011 2:16:19 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Proud to be a (small) monthly donor.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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!


33 posted on 05/14/2011 2:16:38 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: deport

Video of the opening of the first gate


34 posted on 05/14/2011 2:18:33 PM PDT by deport
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To: ClearCase_guy
Additionally, the concept of a Wall as big as Connecticut has me scratching my head
I don't know why that was so funny, but I swear to you, dry humor has wet ramifications (like the drink that just ran down my shirt.)
35 posted on 05/14/2011 2:19:28 PM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Scuba Dave action figure ...


36 posted on 05/14/2011 2:31:20 PM PDT by Flavius (What hopes for victory, Gaius Crastinus? What grounds for encouragement ?)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
Why doesn’t Obammie the Commie do something to prevent this and save Louisiana?

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...

37 posted on 05/14/2011 2:31:30 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

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.


38 posted on 05/14/2011 2:35:34 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

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?


39 posted on 05/14/2011 2:35:50 PM PDT by Zman (Liberals: denying reality since Day One.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Is that Obama?


40 posted on 05/14/2011 2:36:33 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


41 posted on 05/14/2011 2:44:18 PM PDT by crz
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


42 posted on 05/14/2011 2:48:44 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: MinorityRepublican
The Mississippi river has a huge watershed region ~ half the country. There have been record rains in much of that watershed.

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.

43 posted on 05/14/2011 2:52:21 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: wtc911

“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

http://www.mvd.usace.army.mil/mrc/

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.

http://www.kplctv.com/story/14643694/morganza-spillway-to-open-saturday


44 posted on 05/14/2011 2:52:56 PM PDT by Mila
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


45 posted on 05/14/2011 2:54:58 PM PDT by crz
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To: ClearCase_guy

“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.


46 posted on 05/14/2011 2:56:36 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Snow melt + rain + global warming = must be Bush’s fault!


47 posted on 05/14/2011 3:07:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does anyone actually give a damn so long as the links at the Ft Belvoir golf course are ok?


48 posted on 05/14/2011 3:08:38 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Bernard Marx

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.

http://fiveprime.org/hivemind/Tags/bayou,camp/Recent

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.


49 posted on 05/14/2011 3:12:29 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: SeekAndFind

As long as we don’t have to deal with any actual Connecticuters, we’ll be ok.


50 posted on 05/14/2011 3:13:38 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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