Morganza Spillway Live

May 16, 2011 by USA Post 

Morganza Spillway LiveMorganza Spillway Live, After the Morganza spillway opened this weekend, thousands of residents of cities in Louisiana along the Mississippi River were evacuated and many tried to protect their homes from rising waters, officials said.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life,” said Brett Ansley, 24, CNN he was preparing to move their mobile home in Krotz Springs, La., to higher ground. “It’s crazy. It’s unreal.”

Many residents were forced to evacuate due to a government decision to divert water from the Mississippi in the south central Louisiana to spare the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans from severe flooding.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the floodgates in the Morganza spillway diverting water from the Louisiana Atchafalaya Basin.

By early Monday, the nine gates open body, agency spokesman Ricky Boyett said. The plan is to release water to a quarter of 125 bays of the spillway.

Controlled release lower flood levels projected for five communities in which the body maintains monitoring indicators, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans, 115 miles southeast of the landfill, CNN reported.

But the decision could affect about 4,000 people living along the river in the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said. Authorities in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana issued a mandatory evacuation order affected about 2,000 people, CNN reported. Residents in other areas were under a voluntary evacuation, with authorities encouraging but not requiring them to go. The waters are expected to cut a path about 20 miles wide that they get off the Atchafalaya Basin in the coming days, from Morganza, Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico, Gannett News Service, said. Since the weekend, the National Weather Service cut the projection of Baton Rouge crest of 47.5 feet to 45 feet, according to GNS. Forecast of New Orleans fell to 19.5 feet – 6 inches below the levees protecting the city – at 17 feet. The Corps plans to open doors in the Morganza spillway until the water flow rate reaches 125 cubic meters per second, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.
Corps officials have said the “slow opening” was intended to provide the 25,000 residents in the Atchafalaya River basin time to prepare for up to 25 feet of water. They said they also give wildlife a chance to move to higher ground. Water in Vicksburg, Mississippi, reached a record level of 56.2 feet Sunday, the weather service reported, well above flood stage of 43 feet. Downstream in Natchez, the levels were 2 feet taller than the record set Sunday in 1937 and were 3 feet shy of the crest of 63 feet is expected on Saturday. In Tennessee, six days after the crest of the Mississippi in Memphis, it was still 11 meters above the flood level, the National Weather Service said. President Obama was traveling to Memphis on Monday to meet with the families affected by flooding, state and local government, volunteers and emergency personnel. Up to 22 communities where river levels are monitored by the federal government remained flooded weeks after the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, overflowed. The two rivers caused flooding in the communities of southern Illinois to Louisiana. Throughout the South and lower Midwest, the floods have covered about 3 million acres of farmland, many farmers erosion of what might have been a profitable year for corn, wheat, rice and cotton, Officials of several states, told CNN.

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