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Will they open the Morganza Floodway to relieve pressure on the levees in New Orleans and Baton Rouge? All the Corps of Engineers is waiting for is the flow rates to hit the required level, and then they will pull the trigger to send water cascading into areas from Northwest of Baton Rouge down to Terrebonne and Lafourche.
An estimated 25,000 people will be impacted by the intentional flooding.
“The Corps also presented us today with information on population statistics and structures that could be impacted by the opening of the Spillway,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said. “Their information shows that there are about 2,500 people located inside the Spillway and 2,000 structures. In the backwater area, there are about 22,500 people and 11,000 structures that would be impacted by the Morganza Spillway opening.”
We have had 17 people as of today die from the flood.
They must be doing all they can to notify these folks in the danger zones,yes? I know there's alot of hard-to-reach places down that way.
BATON ROUGE- Two miles of levee will be built higher with sand and dirt since there's a two-foot drop compared to Baton Rouge. The levee south of LSU past the Iberville Parish line has inconsistencies in elevation. The East Baton Rouge side of Manchac Point is where the drop starts, and if something isn't done to fill that gap, the area around it is in danger of over-topping. Crews will use boom and bags, as they've done in downtown Baton Rouge, to bring the levee, starting a half mile north of the parish line, up to the crest level and beyond
Originally posted by Stormgodess
reply to post by tinker9917
That is a sobering, thought provoking, yet beautiful, analogy tinker.
I would like to hope so....but from the actions I have seen from people here in the past, it's hard to imagine. It seems that all it takes in a disaster situation to turn the tide from civility to cruelty, is a few, following the path to evil, and the sheep follow.
I love this country, and I believe there are sooooo many wonderful people here that would give their lives for others, and would do the right thing, even if it means death.
But, on the other hand, the US has turned into a country full of spoiled, rude, ruthless, selfish people. Who, if they could not go to walmart with their credit card to buy food, would starve to death.
I'm sure you have seen the images of shoppers on Black Friday, literally trampling people to death for a reduced priced xbox.
Imagine if that mob was starving, drowning, or dying.
Take action now. Look at the inundation maps and if you are in an area likely to be impacted, start to move your belongings or animals now. The most important update we want to give this morning is that it is extremely likely the Spillway will be opened as soon as tomorrow or as late as Sunday. The Corps will talk directly to the media as they gather more data, but we want people to take action now.”
In support of parishes threatened by the opening of the Morganza Spillway, National Guardsmen continue to work with parish officials to conduct door-to-door notifications and area evacuations. The National Guard currently has 700 activated guardsmen. DOTD has 171 staff members and 140 trucks and equipment actively deployed in flood prevention
The National Guard continues to plan for Search and Rescue operations with Wildlife and Fisheries, State Police, and other agency partners, should they be needed. The Louisiana National Guard continues to coordinate with the Coast Guard on aerial overflights of the Morganza floodway.