Watch Morganza Opening Live

Army Corps of Engineers has set up a Ustream channel to watch opening of the Morganza Control Structure when they actually go forward with the decision. Anyone who watched the opening of the Bonnet Carre can tell you it’s not exactly the most compelling video in the world. If you live downstream, this is probably horrifying, depressing or both. From a dramatic perspective, a camera set up in Butte La Rose would probably be better. And it would be more interesting for historians and possibly the people about to lose their stuff. Of course, that’s assuming there aren’t one or two folks who decided to stay behind and last it out somehow. (Here’s a link if the embed goes out. It’s going to be dark until they actually do open it)

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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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