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No, the only reason I can fathom to do this - and this is just me speculatin', this isn't something I've heard any public official admit yet - is because a sand boil, according to usgs.gov, is symptomatic of earthquakes. The only logical reason to willingly destroy a levee, ruin farms, and risk dangerous flooding for everyone downriver, is because someone knows something we don't - perhaps that the sand boils are indicating great tectonic pressure and they're trying to stave off an Earthquake on the New Madrid Fault (which is already overdue to blow, some say.) But will a giant explosion at this site prevent an earthquake - or cause one?
Birds Point New Madrid Floodway Joint Information Center:
We have procured additional slurry mix for breaching the third levee section (outflow crevasse). We expect to complete the final blast tomorrow. Our engineers have studied the setback levees and see no elevated risk at New Madrid or other communities outside of the floodway and the project is performing as designed.
2 hours ago ·
Birds Point New Madrid Floodway Joint Information Center Note:
When asked about the Bonnet Carre and Morganza spillways down river MG Walsh stated that, while no decisions have been made at this point, the likelihood of eventually opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway is 'High" and the likelihood of opening the Morganza Spillway is "Medium to High." He also noted that no decisions regarding those spillways will likely be made until next week at the earliest. 2 hours ago
A sand boil is sand and water that come out onto the ground surface during an earthquake as a result of liquefaction at shallow depth.