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Originally posted by CajunQueen
reply to post by Stormgodess
Yep..we'll know within 24 hours. Here's what I found...link
Oh and hope you and yours stay safe! Praying for everyone up and down the Mississippi and beyond.edit on 5-5-2011 by CajunQueen because: added text
Those living inside the Bonnet Carre and Morganza floodways should start preparing to evacuate, Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a news conference this morning as flood levels along the Mississippi River head south toward Louisiana.
The Morganza Spillway was opened only once, in 1973, and that had less to do with high water than to relieve pressure on the Old River Control Structure upstream, where scouring by rapidly-moving water threatened to undermine that structure, Jindal said. This would be the first time the Morganza structure would be used because of high water levels.
Originally posted by Stormgodess
reply to post by ButterCookie
Prayers to you and your family!
When are they expecting the river to crest there? Here around Baton Rouge the forcast is the river cresting around May 27-28th! Thats over 20 days from now!
I can't imagine it could be very much sooner further up river.
Honey, if you are in any slightly low lying area around that river, please go ahead and make plans to leave now, even before they require it.
May 5, 2011
By Elise Higgins
SIKESTON, Mo. (Army News Service, May 5, 2011) -- Sandbagging the main road throughout the night, units from the Missouri National Guard's 'Rising Tide' task force of 760 Soldiers and Airmen were finally able to gain control over rising waters that threatened to flood Canalou in New Madrid County.
While residents and local authorities worked to save the small town in the southeast part of the state, Guardsman from the 1138th Engineer Sapper Company, 880th Engineer Haul Team and 220th Engineer Company worked feverishly building a makeshift levee of rocks and dirt with sandbags on top to divert the water into outlying fields.
Spc. Ned Williams of the 220th Eng. Co., was glad he had the opportunity to work with fellow engineers alongside members of the community.
"It was a good experience to work with Soldiers from other units," said Williams. "The interaction with us and the community was great."
Linda Robinson, a Canalou resident, said the town would have been in much worse shape had the Soldiers not arrived and gone to work as quickly as they did.
"I have lived here for 42 years and I have never seen anything like this before," said Robinson, who was there as the Soldiers sandbagged all night. "If it weren't for the National Guard, I don't know what we would have done."
Canalou Mayor Jim Taul, a retired Army first sergeant, was able to move possessions out of his flooded house while monitoring the town's citizens and Soldiers as they fought the flood waters.
"My house was already underwater, but we had to keep the water from going any further," said Taul.
Missouri National Guard Soldiers continue to respond quickly to changing conditions in the southeast Missouri region by providing sandbagging and evacuation support along with levee monitoring, route reconnaissance, security, traffic control and door-to-door safety checks.
Units supporting the flood response include: 7th Civil Support Team, Jefferson City; 70th Troop Command, Jefferson Barracks; Whiteman Air Force Base/St. Louis; 139th Airlift Wing, St. Joseph; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood; 175th Military Police Battalion, of Columbia; the 1140th Engineer Battalion, Cape Girardeau; the 1221st Transportation Company, of Dexter, Portageville and Sikeston; 1140th Forward Support Company, Cape Girardeau; the 1138th Military Police Company, of West Plains and Springfield; the 1138th Engineer Company, of Farmington and Fredericktown; the 1175th Military Police Company, of St. Clair and St. Louis; the 880th Engineer Detachment, Perryville; the 220th Engineer Company, Festus; the 1438th Engineer Company, of Macon and Kirksville; 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment of Jefferson City; Missouri Wing Civil Air Patrol and the Joint Operations Center at Joint Force Headquarters in Jefferson City.
(Elise Higgins serves with the Missouri National Guard public affairs.)