The floodgate at the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana, was opened on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
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After 3 days, the water from the flooded Mississippi River has reached places like Butte LaRose and St. Landry Parish at the northern end of the basin, putting some houses underwater.
Towns and crop lands along the Atchafalaya River basin that are in the path of the diverted flood waters could be flooded as high as 20 feet in coming days.
On Tuesday, the Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River at Natchez, Mississippi, north of New Orleans.
Vessels were blocked from heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and from returning north after dropping off their freight.
These barges carry corn, wheat, soybean and others from the Midwest to ports near New Orleans, where they get loaded onto huge grain carriers to be exported around the world.
Below are photos of the flooding along the Mississippi River.
Before and after:
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:
On May 2, 2011, the US Army Corps of Engineers blew 2 huge holes in the Bird Point levee in Mississippi County, Missouri.
About a week ago they opened a spillway northwest of New Orleans.
May 14, 2011 a floodgate at the Morganza Spillway, Louisiana 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.
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.
Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late Monday at Memphis, Tennessee.
Mayor AC Wharton said that despite the tightened timeframe, he’s confident that precautions such as door-to-door warnings have prepared the city.
Some area in Memphis are already flooded and lots of people had already moved to safer places.
Is it true that the levee along the Mississippi River made the flooding even worse?
I am very sad to see so many people lost their houses and farmlands in the floods, storms and tornadoes.