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THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE RISING TO A STAGE OF 17.9 FEET ON MONDAY MORNING MAY 16TH AND THEN CONTINUE RISING TO A CREST NEAR 19.5 FEET ON MONDAY MORNING MAY 23RD.
THE CITY IS PROTECTED BY LEVEES TO A HEIGHT OF 20 FEET AT THE CARROLTON GAGE. * FORECAST ASSUMES OPERATION OF BONNET CARRE... BUT NOT MORGANZA.
Governor Jindal stated in a press conference yesterday that the trigger to open the Morganza Spillway for the USACE is when Red River Landing gauge reached 1.5 Million Cubic Feet per second. He also stated, that it may take roughly 3 days after the spillway is open for the water to reach Morgan City area and about another 5 days after for the water to rise back up into the northern areas of Louisiana, causing backwater flooding.
I live in Morgan City. I don't know about everyone in town, but my family is taking this very seriously. In your honest opinion, when do you think is the best time for us to evacuate and how far and in what direction should we be traveling?
Originally posted by EvolEric
This is what I saw on that CNN update...
155,342 Square Miles is being flooded by the Mississippi...
Italy = 116000 square miles
An area BIGGER than Italy is being flooded!
The Mississippi is used to transport
500 million tons of cargo
Which include but not limited to the following :
*1/2 of grain exports
Goods are exported to all points of the world from the Mississippi...
So this problem isnt just local to the US it will effect food and product availability to the world!
edit on 5/11/11 by EvolEric because: (no reason given)