First, a little background and education about the Mississippi River and the control structures/spillways/floodways
Now, getting ready . . . .
I have a really good idea. Since Baton Rouge and New Orleans are going to be spared (hopefully), how about the folks who live in those areas open their doors to folks who evacuate and have nowhere to go. And after the water recedes, those who were spared can go help those who lost everything recover. What do you think?
And now what we’ve been anticipating. Video of the opening of the Morganza Spillway earlier this afternoon.
Another video done by a Baton Rouge TV station is 11 minutes long, but it’s history, so please watch if you dare. The volume of water is staggering, and at this point, I have no idea how fast that water is flowing.
Please realize that they are only opening a few bays at a time so that wildlife might have a fighting chance to get away from the inundation. It’s a sad thought, and one many of us don’t care to have, but animals like deer, coyotes, black bear, rabbits, and fox have to run and find higher ground somewhere.
A map was released this afternoon by the New Orleans District of the Army Corps of Engineers showing the “Morganza Floodway Timeline“. According to the timeline, the water will reach Terrebonne Parish 144 hours from this afternoon (Saturday, May 14, 2011). That will be this coming Friday.
According to history, the Morganza Spillway vibrated so badly in 1973 when it was opened to 30% capacity that officials thought the foundation would give way. You definitely would not find me standing on top of that thing like some of those “officials” in the video.
Let’s keep each other abreast of what is going on. Feel free to post updates here in the comment section, and I will share with you what I know.
Preparations at Camp Dularge began this afternoon and will continue tomorrow.
Let’s hang together!