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NY Times: Pressure Eases on Mississippi River Levees
New York Times ^ | May 17, 2011 | By KIM SEVERSON

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 ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: flood; mississippi

1 posted on 05/17/2011 8:24:26 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


2 posted on 05/17/2011 8:35:33 AM 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: Oldeconomybuyer

This is good news, or at least less-bad news.

Gov. Jindal continues to impress.


3 posted on 05/17/2011 8:37:51 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam
Gov. Jindal continues to impress.

Real leaders leading usually do.

4 posted on 05/17/2011 8:53:02 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: rogue yam

I saw his interview yesterday on CNN, yes I was very impressed.


5 posted on 05/17/2011 8:55:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
His father wa a civil engineer....surely an asset...

Read wiki....very impressive

6 posted on 05/17/2011 9:09:24 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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