The Mississippi River floods are near the end of the line Baton Rouge and New Orleans and the Delta. Many cities and town have been flooded due to the this past winter snows and recent rains. Parts of Memphis and Tunica, MS have serious flooding. Up river The Army Corps of Engineers blew up levees new Cairo, Ill late last week. Now the Army Corp of Engineers will open the Morganza Spillway Saturday to relieve the pressure on the Mississippi. Thousands have been evacuated from the spillway area. From AP via Yahoo News:
In an agonizing trade-off, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River as early as Saturday and inundate thousands of homes and farms in parts of Louisiana’s Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger disaster in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures could be in harm’s way when the gates on the Morganza spillway are unlocked for the first time in 38 years.
“Protecting lives is the No. 1 priority,” Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh said aboard a boat from the river at Vicksburg, Miss., hours before the decision was made to open the spillway.
The opening will release a torrent that could submerge about 3,000 square miles under as much as 25 feet of water in some areas but take the pressure off the downstream levees protecting New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the numerous oil refineries and chemical plants along the lower reaches of the Mississippi.
Keep the communitites in the path and those that have been affected by recent flooding in the Mississippi River Valley.