Aftermath of Great Mississippi River Flooding – Bonnet Carre Spillway Last Floodgate Is Closed In Pictures

24 06 2011

During the Mississippi River flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers opened  floodgates of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and later the Morganza Spillway.

The Bonnet Carre Spillway was opened on May 9, to divert flood water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain.

330 of the spillway’s 350 bays were opened before the corps started closing them on June 12.

The last 20 bays were closed on Monday.

On May 14, the Morganza floodway was opened to diverted water from the Mississippi into the Atchafalaya River, which carried it into the Gulf of Mexico.

It caused some flooding in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The number of gates opened on the Morganza peaked at 17.

Only one gate remained open as of Monday morning.

This two picture combo shows the Bonnet Carre Spillway, thirty miles upriver from New Orleans, on May 9, 2011, when it was opened to divert rising water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain, left, and Monday, June 20, 2011, right, when the last bays were closed, in Norco, La. Corps officials don't think the Missouri River's flood is going to have significant impact on the lower Mississippi. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workers close the final bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway just above New Orleans in Norco, Miss., Monday, June 20, 2011. The gates were opened weeks ago, pouring fresh water into Lake Pontchartrain, as high water on the Mississippi River threatened levees. Corps officials don't think the Missouri River's flood is going to have significant impact on the lower Mississippi. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Shore birds hunting for stranded fish fly over a formerly submerged roadway as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workers close the final bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway just above New Orleans in Norco, La., Monday, June 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In this June 16, 2011 photograph this mailbox shows what two weeks under Mississippi River floodwaters can do, as residents of the affected areas begin their cleanup. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

In this June 16, 2011 photograph James Winters walks slowly through the sweltering remains of his Vicksburg, Miss., waterlogged home, wipes the sweat from his brow and ponders if his home of over 20 years, can be saved. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

In this June 16, 2011 photograph the sagging mold covered blades of this ceiling fan in the Vicksburg, Miss., home of James Winters shows the height the Mississippi River floodwaters reached as waters almost reached the roof of the home at its highest crest. (AP Photo/Holbrook Mohr)

The Mississippi River indicator on the new Mississippi River Bridge shows the height of the 2011 record flooding, Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Mississippi River Flooding – Louisiana And Mississippi Underwater In Pictures

18 05 2011

The floodgate at the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, Louisiana, was opened on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Please click here for ‘Floodgate At The Morganza Spillway Is Now Opened – Pictures’

Water from the Mississippi River rushes out of open bays on the Morganza Spillway and into a pasture in Morganza, La., Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Water from the Mississippi River rushes out of open bays on the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La., Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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.

Water rushes over dirt roads inside the Morganza Floodway as water from the flowing floodway heads south near Krotz Springs, Louisiana, May 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Sean Gardner) 

Farmers work as floodwaters from the Mississippi river creep across their fields in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The Coast Guard said it closed the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez, Miss., on Tuesday because barge traffic could increase pressure on the levees. Heavy flooding from Mississippi tributaries has displaced more than 4,000 in the state, about half of them upstream from Natchez in the Vicksburg area. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Floodwaters from the Mississippi River have closed Highway 61 north of Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Farmers work as floodwaters from the Mississippi river creep across their fields in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Flood waters from the Mississippi River creep inland across a field of soybeans in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The Coast Guard closed the swollen Mississippi River north of New Orleans, halting cargo vessels on the nation's busiest waterway in the latest effort to reduce pressure from rising flood waters. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Barges operate along the flooded Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Farmers work as flood waters from the Mississippi river creep across their fields in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Farmers work as flood waters from the Mississippi river creep across their fields in Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Flood waters from the Mississippi River have closed Highway 61 north of Natchez, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The runway at the airport in Vicksburg, Miss., is surrounded by Mississippi river flood waters Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Flooded homes, including one surrounded by a makeshift levee that failed, top, are seen in Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Floodwaters surround the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Station just outside a protective floodwall in Vicksburg, Miss., Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

A business outside the levee south of Vicksburg, Miss., is surrounded by Mississippi river flood waters Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Flooded crops in Vicksburg, Miss., are pictured Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

A crane flies over a street sign near a rule measuring the height of the flood waters in feet, in St. Francisville, Louisiana May 17, 2011.(REUTERS/Sean Gardner)













Floodgate At The Morganza Spillway Is Now Opened – Pictures

15 05 2011

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 Great Mississippi River Flooding – Will The Morganza Spillway Be Opened?

13 05 2011

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)






The Mississippi River crest Monday At Memphis?

9 05 2011

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.

People walk along the river front Sunday, May 8, 2011 in Memphis, Tenn. as flood waters continue to rise along the Mississippi River.

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

High water cover the road in the Box Town neighborhood as a waste can floats Sunday, May 8, 2011 in Memphis, Tenn. as flood waters continue to rise along the Mississippi River.

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Caution tape floats in floodwater surrounding Mary Dugger’s home Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Memphis, Tenn. Like other Memphis residents, Dugger has fled her home in search of higher ground as the Mississippi River edged toward the city.

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A A barge travels up the Mississippi River Sunday, May 8, 2011 in Memphis, Tenn. as flood waters continue to rise. The Mississippi spared Kentucky and northwest Tennessee any catastrophic flooding and no deaths have been reported there, but some low-lying towns and farmland along the banks of the big river have been inundated with water.

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

A partially submerged home is seen reflected in floodwaters rising slowly in Memphis, Tennessee May 8, 2011. Emergency officials on Sunday warned another 200 homeowners in the Memphis area they are at risk of dangerous flooding as the region braces for the highest Mississippi River crest since 1937. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Two pickup trucks are seen surrounded by floodwater outside a garage Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Memphis, Tenn. More Memphis residents were being told Sunday to flee their homes for higher ground as the mighty Mississippi River edged toward the city, threatening to bring more flooding to parts of an area already soaked. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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A Very Bad Flood Along The Mississippi River – Pictures

5 05 2011

Heavy rains and the winter snow melting had caused bad flooding in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Soon the flood might hit Mississippi and Louisiana at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Flood is a natural disaster.

Levees were built along the Mississippi River to fight floods.

Anyway they had to break 2 big holes into the levee to save Cairo, Illinois from a very ,very big flood.

The break of the levee caused lots of water to rush through the hole and flooded 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri’s Mississippi County.

Is this a man- made disaster?

An explosion lights up the night sky as the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blows an 11,000 foot hole in the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, Mo. on Monday, May 2, 2011. Army Corps of Engineers' Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh gave the order to blow a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, which will flood 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri's Mississippi County but protect nearby Cairo, Ill. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)

Floodwater covers state highway HH lined by utility poles following the Army Corps of Engineers intentional breach of the Birds Point levee Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Wyatt, Mo.  The breach by the Corps on Monday flooded 130,000 acres of mostly farmland in southeastern Missouri. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Floodwater covers state highway HH lined by utility poles following the Army Corps of Engineers intentional breach of the Birds Point levee Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Wyatt, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Paul Newton / The Southern The threat of massive flooding and a levee breach was lightened on Tuesday, May 3, after the Birds Point Levee (as seen in the distance) was breached by the Army Corps of Engineers.

This aerial photo shows the threat of massive flooding and a levee breach was lightened on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 after the Birds Point Levee, Mo. was breached by the Army Corps of Engineers. The demolition of the levee sent water pouring onto thousands of acres of farmland Tuesday, easing the Mississippi River floodwaters threatening the tiny Illinois town of Cairo. The demolition project did nothing to ease the risk of more trouble downstream, where the mighty river is expected to rise to its highest levels since the 1920s in some parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Paul Newton)

Water flows through an intentional breach in the Birds Point levee Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo.  Army Corps of Engineers' blew a two-mile hole Monday night into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, which has flooded 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri's Mississippi County in an effort to protect nearby Cairo, Ill. from rising floodwaters. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Water creates a white cap as it flows over where the Birds Point levee once stood Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo. after the Army Corps of Engineers blew a two-mile hole. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Part of the 130,000 acres of farmland flooded by an intentional break in the Birds Point levee is seen Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo.  Army Corps of Engineers' blew a two-mile hole into the levee in southeast Missouri to take pressure off the rising Mississippi and Ohio rivers and try to protect nearby Cairo, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Part of the 130,000 acres of farmland flooded by an intentional break in the Birds Point levee is seen Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo.  Army Corps of Engineers' blew a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, which has flooded 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri's Mississippi County in an effort to protect nearby Cairo, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo. Army Corps of Engineers' blew a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, which has flooded 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri's Mississippi County in an effort to protect nearby Cairo, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo.  Army Corps of Engineers' blew a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, which has flooded 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri's Mississippi County in an effort to protect nearby Cairo, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo. Army Corps of Engineers' blew a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Barge traffic moves along the channel of the flooding Mississippi River just north of where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi near Cairo, Ill. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The Army Corps of Engineers postponed its decision on a proposal to blow a huge hole in the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, just downriver of the confluence. The idea was hatched as a desperate bid to reduce the amount of water moving down the Mississippi. The channel of the Mississippi river is marked by the lines of tree that would normal mark the banks of the river. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

Barge traffic moves along the channel of the flooding Mississippi River just north of where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi near Cairo, Ill. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The Army Corps of Engineers postponed its decision on a proposal to blow a huge hole in the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, just downriver of the confluence. The idea was hatched as a desperate bid to reduce the amount of water moving down the Mississippi. The channel of the Mississippi river is marked by the lines of tree that would normal mark the banks of the river. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

A farm is seen surrounded by floodwater Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo. The Army Corps of Engineers' blew a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, after nightfall Monday, flooding 130,000 acres of farmland in Missouri's Mississippi County in an effort to protect nearby Cairo, Ill.« Read less (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A farm is seen surrounded by floodwater Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Mississippi County, Mo. after the Army Corps of Engineers' blew a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)










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