Louisiana Spillway Opening
May 14, 2011 by USA Post
Louisiana Spillway Opening, Army Corps says the opening of landfill Louisiana Declaring that “Public safety is our No. 1 priority,” said officials of the Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday that it would open the Morganza spillway at 3 pm local time, sending Mississippi River water from the congested rushing out to pasture and farmland here to avoid catastrophic damage below.
Col. Ed Fleming, commander of the corps district in New ‘Orleans, said a bay of the giant structure would be inaugurated on Saturday, sending water 10,000 cubic feet per second. If current projections hold, officials finally bays open enough to allow water to be least 125,000 cubic meters per second, a quarter of the capacity of the landfill.
That the deviation would relieve tremendous pressure and the system of dams on the rivers past Baton Rouge, New Orleans and a corridor of chemical plants and oil refineries. But the flood of hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland and thousands of homes, and pouring the Atchafalaya River Basin. Evacuations have taken place over several days in the towns and communities throughout the basin, together with large-scale operations to protect these people with sandbags and other barriers.
The Morganza, one of the four channels of relief in the Mississippi River system and tributaries flood control, has been opened only once, in 1973. “We are using all the tools we have flood control in the system,” said Gen. Michael J. Walsh, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division, Corps of Engineers.
General Walsh said the system was still under “tremendous pressure” and would remain so for weeks on the crest moves slowly down the river to the Gulf. The Morganza, activated to open when the river is flowing at 1.5 million cubic feet per second, beyond the Red River north of Baton Rouge Landing, was likely to remain open a week, ensuring that the River remains below the downstream flow. Any more pressure would levees beyond their design capacity.
With the opening closed to the general public, the occasion was not a festive atmosphere as the tailgate when the others out of the landfill in New Orleans, the Bonnet Carré were opened earlier this week. But there were some who wanted to highlight – and capitalize on – this historical moment: a position on the road to the city was selling T-Shirts and 20 which read: “Morganza Spillway Gates 2011 finally opened.” A live video stream has been established by the Corps to show the floods.
Almost everyone in southern Louisiana had come to expect the decision to open the dump and was resigned to the bitter, but necessary balance back.
The landfill was opened once before, in 1973.
The body will hold a “slow opening” of the landfill, and once released the water will be day to weep in Atchafalaya River Basin, filling swamps, marshes engorging, submerging hundreds of thousands of hectares of farmland and seep into thousands of homes. Will also test the network of levees built by the federal and local government that the wall outside the cities and small communities throughout the basin Cajun. Water levels in the area will remain high for weeks.
According to the maps published by the body, these areas were flooded to some degree, if the landfill was opened or not, given the extraordinary amount of water in the system.
There are about 2,500 people in the direct path of the landfill, and about 22,500 others who might be threatened by stagnant water swollen. Gov. Bobby Jindal urged people to remain in these areas to begin the evacuation.
Those in the way of the landfill were becoming resigned to the decision.
“While we understand the reasoning behind it, it remains difficult to accept,” said Charlene Guidry, 57, who lives in the river in the city of Butte La Rose. “It is obvious when looking to sacrifice our small community to save New Orleans and Baton Rogue. I’m not angry. I have resigned. I just hope that the government is up to the plate in a way that after Katrina.”
Here in Morgan City, a picturesque town of shrimpers and oil workers and the last big stop for the Atchafalaya before emptying into the Gulf, they talked mostly about the elevations of the river and the levees.
Earlier this month, said Tim mate, the mayor, officials warned that the river would rise to about eight feet, which represents a minor problem for the shipyards and fuel docks. Now the river is expected to reach 12 feet, breaking a record 38 years of age, and the lake to increase the height of some of the city’s levees.
“In 10 days we have gone from being a minor inconvenience to a flood of historic proportions,” said Mate, minutes after being informed by the office of Sen. Mary L. s Morganza Landrieu that would be open.
Flood preparations are being here for what authorities believe to be weeks of flooding conditions: The National Guard members were the construction of 20,000 meters of barriers to strengthen and raise the levees along Lake Palourde, which sits on a step backwards Morgan City. A barge was sunk to block a dam, sending water out instead of swamps in populated areas.
Thousands of sandbags were filled in the village of Stephensville, as residents were on higher ground and discussion of where to leave valuables, including the collection of a man of old cannons.
If the levees hold, Morgan City should be fine, people here say. If the levees fail, especially those along the Atchafalaya, the only option is a full-scale evacuation of the city. “People ask me if I have faith in these levees,” said Matte. “Well, would not live here if we did not.”
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