Mississippi Flood

May 14, 2011 by USA Post 

Mississippi FloodMississippi Flood, The Mississippi River flood, threatening towns and farms between Memphis and the Gulf of Mexico, may affect 10 percent of the land of Louisiana crude oil production.

A total of 2,264 oil wells are responsible for about 19,000 barrels of oil a day, said Matt Ross, communications director for the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. He said 150 companies are preparing for floods in an area of?? Four parishes in the southern part of the state.

As much as 252.6 million cubic feet of gas may be threatened, said Anna DeArmon, a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources Louisiana, with operations in 10 Louisiana refineries accounting for about 14 percent of capacity U.S. operations.

For weeks, the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, swollen by heavy rains and melting snow, flooding cities and towns have, flooding farmland and disrupting shipping. The New York rose to 61.72 feet (18.8 meters), a record in Cairo, Illinois, before joining the Mississippi there.

The threat of flooding to come to Baton Rouge and New Orleans is the Mississippi River Commission, considering the opening of the 125 gates of the Morganza Floodway. Built in 1954, and used in 1973, the channel would release 600,000 cubic meters of water per second toward the center of Louisiana and the Atchafalaya River, taking the pressure on the Mississippi and cities downstream, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Watching the river flow
The decision will be taken if the flow in the northern Red River Landing Louisiana Baton Rouge comes to 1.5 billion cubic feet per second, said Ricky Boyett, Corps spokesman. The flow has reached at 1.48 million cubic feet per second.

Another reason the benchmark of 1.5 million cubic feet per second is crucial is because it is the flow of the levees in Baton Rouge have been designed to support, said Bryan Harmon, deputy director of public works department.

The Mississippi River system was designed by the body to absorb a great flood while maintaining maximum flow rates through Baton Rouge and New Orleans to ensure the integrity of the levees, according to the body. In addition to the 1.5 MMcf in Baton Rouge, a rate of 1.25 MMcf per second is the maximum flow of the body you want to allow through New Orleans, said Ken Holder, a spokesman for the body.

River diversion
When the river flows to overcome, the system is designed so that the water diverted elsewhere, such as the Morganza or Bonnet Carre Spillway outside New Orleans, he said.

The committee is monitoring the river flow through Red River Landing and make a decision to open Morganza within the next few days, said Pam Vedros, a spokeswoman for the group.

The crest of Mississippi earlier this week in Memphis at 47.87 meters, just below the record of 48.7 meters set in 1937, threatening the water highs before the stream is divided into Louisiana, with 70 percent remaining in the channel and 30 percent running down the Atchafalaya. Cities and towns on both rivers are preparing for flooding.

Workers in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital, have been placed within two miles of orange tube filled with water on top of an earth dam and concrete to raise it above the record crest of 47.5 feet expected Weather Service National says it can get on 22 May.

“It was a grueling two and a half to three weeks for us,” said Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden to a crowd of more than 200 at a public meeting yesterday. “If there is a gap in the dike, we’ll have some problems.”

Bonnet Carre
The Corps has already opened the hood Carre spillway upstream of New Orleans for transferring water from the Mississippi into Lake Pontchartrain.

“This is the biggest train wreck in the history of Louisiana, but the remains of the slower train in the history of Louisiana,” said Ryan Heck, Hertz sells pumps of the compressor pump & in Baton Rouge. He said his business is booming.

Before the high water hits Louisiana, it has to travel past Mississippi, where officials are looking at tax flooding in the fertile Delta in the northwest corner of the state.

In Vicksburg, Mississippi, workers at the Rainbow Hotel Casino stacked sandbags to protect the river, while the 7 feet of water discharge at the entrance of Caesars Entertainment Inc. ‘s Harrah’s Tunica, the largest casino in Mississippi.

Mississippi Casinos
Flooding has closed 17 of 19 Mississippi River casinos in the third-largest U.S. gaming market employment, endangering thousands of jobs and to 13 million a month in taxes. The flooding has delayed the state’s recovery from a recession for two years, behind the U.S., said Sohini Chowdhury, economist at Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

“There is no doubt that the closure of the casino are passed on to the state’s recovery,” said Chowdhury. “A month of inactivity deprives the cash-strapped governments and local and state critical funds.”

Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, said the Mississippi could flood 3 million acres in southern Louisiana, which affects more than 20,000 people.

As many as 3,900 people may be affected over the landfill, said Jindal. A secondary dam a century old in northeast Louisiana was invaded by water for the first time, threatening 10,000 hectares of farmland, the Monroe News Star reported yesterday.

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