Skip to comments.NY Times: Pressure Eases on Mississippi River Levees
Posted on 05/17/2011 8:24:21 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
The opening of the Morganza Spillway has relieved pressure on levees downriver, leading the Mississippi River to crest at Baton Rouge and New Orleans on Tuesday, sooner and at lower levels than had been predicted.
So far, Gov. Bobby Jindal has asked the federal government for, and received, only a level of help that has brought FEMA supplies and personnel to aid with evacuations and with shoring up areas that are about to or have taken on water.
If the governor believes the state cannot take care of the long-term needs of residents whose homes and businesses are damaged, he can ask for a major disaster declaration. But that step has not been taken, and there are no assurances that President Obama would grant such a request.
All of it is dependent on how bad the flooding gets.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
They have opened only 15 of the 120 gates at Morganza. The flow per second is equal to what flows over Niagara Falls per second.
This is good news, or at least less-bad news.
Gov. Jindal continues to impress.
Real leaders leading usually do.
I saw his interview yesterday on CNN, yes I was very impressed.
Read wiki....very impressive
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