Floodgate At The Morganza Spillway Is Now Opened – Pictures

Before and after:

The Morganza Spillway, center, which allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin when opened, is seen from the air in Morganza, La., Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A floodgate at the Morganza Spillway was opened for the first time in nearly 4o years to divert the water from the flooded Mississippi River to the swamps of Louisiana’s Cajun country and then  into the Atchafalaya Basin.

The floodgate was last opened during the flood in 1973.

This is the first time three flood-control systems have been unlocked at the same time along the Mississippi River:

  1. On May 2, 2011, the US Army Corps of Engineers blew 2 huge holes in the Bird Point levee in Mississippi County, Missouri.

  2. About a week ago they opened a spillway northwest of New Orleans.

  3. May 14, 2011 a floodgate at the Morganza Spillway,  was opened.

As the gate was opened, the water rushed out very fast like a waterfall and spraying about 6 feet into the air.

Soon the dry land turned into a raging channel.

Lots of houses, buildings and farms in the area will soon be flooded.

It is very sad to see a man made disaster in order to avoid a bigger disaster in bigger cities as New Orleans.

Members with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers open the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana May 14, 2011. Scores of U.S. heartland rivers from the Dakotas to Ohio have flooded following a snowy winter and heavy spring rains, feeding near-record crests on the lower Mississippi River. REUTERS/Sean Gardner
Members with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers open the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana May 14, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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The Morganza Spillway may be opened to protect Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas from great flooding.

(The floodgate of the Morganza Spillway is now opened, please click here for my new post and pictures).

If this happened the Cajun country, Louisiana will be flooded up to 15 feet of water from Mississippi River flooding.

On May 2, 2011 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had blew 2 huge holes in the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, Missouri to protect places where there are more people living from great flooding.

130,000 acres of farmland was then flooded when the water rushed in from the hole in the levee.

Please click here for the photos.

The Morganza Spillway, center, which allows water from the Mississippi River to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin, is seen from the air in Morganza, La., Thursday, May 12, 2011, during a tour of areas that may be affected by flooding if the spillway is opened. The Army Corps of Engineers has asked for permission to open the spillway to help alleviate pressure on river levees. It hasn’t been opened since 1973 (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The Morganza Spillway, center, is seen from the air in Morganza, La., Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

It must be very sad for the people who are living in the area where it will be badly flooded because of the action.

People are told to move and the government is trying to do whatever they can to save the place.

Workers build a temporary levee in Krotz Springs, La., Thursday, May 12, 2011, in advance of possible flooding if the Morganza Spillway north of Baton Rouge is opened. Crews were rushing to build temporary levees to protect properties that have been built outside of the town's permanent ring levee over the last few decades. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The great Mississippi River flooding is a great disaster and it is very sad when there had to be man-made disasters together with the natural disaster.

An area view of the areas along the levee that are topping over. The levee broke around dawn in Lake Providence , La. on Thursday, May 12, 2011(AP/Kita Wright)
Crop seedlings will never reach maturity as the flood waters of the Yazoo River creep up their rows in farm lands north of Yazoo City, Miss., Thursday, May 12, 2011. Thousands of acres of corn, wheat, soybean and cotton crops are now underwater as the tributaries are backing up from flooding along the Mississippi River. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Buildings outside of levee protection, left, take on floodwater in Morgan City, La., Thursday, May 12, 2011, during a tour of areas that may be affected by flooding if the Morganza Spillway north of Baton Rouge is opened. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Homes are seen nearly submerged by floodwaters in Deer Park, Louisiana May 12, 2011. The U.S. government scrambled to shore up the levee system in the Deep South on Thursday to prevent the mighty Mississippi River from overflowing and flooding populated areas. The Mississippi River flood, the result of a wet spring and huge snow melt from an unusually stormy winter, has forced the evacuation of thousands of people along the river and its tributaries, swamping river towns and expected to flood 3 million acres of farmland in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas alone. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Three members of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office's Emergency Services patrol a flooded mobile home park, evacuated last week, in Memphis, Tennessee, May 12, 2011. REUTERS/John Branston
Crops and homes along the levee have started to flood, as the water starts topping over the broken levee in Lake Providence, La. on Thursday, May 12, 2011(AP/Kita Wright)