An Interstate 5 four-lane bridge over Skagit River, about 55 miles north of Seattle, Washinton collapsed at about 7 p.m. on Thursday evening sending two vehicles were into the chilly water of the river.
Rescue effort by boats and divers saved three injured people and they were taken to the Skagit Valley Hospital and the United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley.
AP reported that authorities said it appeared nobody was killed.
U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) is still investigating the cause of the disaster.
Anyway State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste said a semi-truck driven southbound struck the bridge just before part of it collapsed.
The freeway is a principal corridor for vehicles between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.
The bridge was built in 1955 and the disaster raised concerns about the safety of old bridges in the United States.
In August 2007, a bridge fell into the Mississippi River in Minnesota, killing thirteen people.
AP reported that more than a quarter of Washington’s 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient of functionally obsolete.
Isaac came ashore late Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane, with 80 mph winds near the mouth of the Mississippi River bringing along high winds, storm surges, and torrents of rain.
It drove a wall of water nearly 11 feet high inland.
By Wednesday mid afternoon, 19 hours after making landfall, Isaac had been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Anyway since Isaac moves very slowly, it is dumping more rain and together with the threat of storm surges it can cause more flooding in Louisiana.
Isaac that arrived exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina did not make a direct hit on New Orleans.
It brings slashing rain and wind gusts up to 100 mph that buffeted New Orleans skyscrapers.
In Plaquemines Parish, the storm pushed water over an 18-mile levee and put so much pressure on it that authorities planned to intentionally make a hole in the floodwall to relieve the strain.
Dozens of people were stranded in the flooded coastal areas and had to be rescued.
Plaquemines Parish ordered a mandatory evacuation for the west bank of the Mississippi below Belle Chasse because of worries about a storm surge.
West of New Orleans, Tropical Storm Isaac pushed water from lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas into parts of LaPlace that caused flooding in St. John the Baptist Parish and victims were evacuated.
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.
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’
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.