MRC President Directs Corps to Open Morganza Floodway

Floodway will be open within 24 hours. After that, water will hit Butte La Rose within 30 hours, creep into Krotz Springs area within 35. Check out the map below.

From the Army Corps of Engineers Operation Watershed Facebook Page:

May 13 – The President of the Mississippi River Commission Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh has directed the New Orleans District Commander Col. Ed Fleming to be prepared to operate the Morganza Floodway within 24 hours. The operation will include the deliberate and slow opening of the structure. The inundation will spread slowly over several days as attached map shows.

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Just What IS This Morganza Spillway?

Check out the map below. See Morganza? Just north of that a bit, there’s something called the Morganza Control Structure. If (when) they open it, gabillions of gallons of Mississippi River floodwater will roll through and out into the “spillway.”

Look at that green sward that juts to the west, toward the Atchafalaya River, then turns south. Click on the link (or the map) for a clearer picture. Scroll down. You’ll see Krotz Springs on the other bank of the Atchafalaya. (Don’t worry about them. Yet). Keep scrolling.


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