Friday, May 20, 2011

The Mississippi

For those of you who aren't familiar with what is going on in Louisiana at the moment--both the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the Morganza Spillway have been opened to try and divert the Mississippi and prevent it from flooding the city.  The Morganza Spillway has not been opened since the flood of 1973 which makes this a very unique situation, especially since many people live in the path of the spillway in the Atchafalya Basin. The Army Corps of Engineers basically had to decide to sacrifice the few for the many in an effort to protect New Orleans and Baton Rouge. I can't imagine how those people feel waiting for their houses and farmlands to be flooded on purpose...

Right now the river is holding at 17 feet, making docking and navigation along the river almost impossible for the usual tugboat routes. The levees protect the city for water levels of up to 20 feet so keep your fingers crossed for us!