Levees and the illusion of flood control
Flooded Mississippi River seen from space (VIDEO)
Mississippi River is closed at Baton Rouge after 3 barges sink
Flood battle ‘incredible’, barriers erected at record speed in Atchafalaya
Morganza Floodway after Five Days of Flow
~Five days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a flood control structure, or spillway, onto the Morganza Floodway, water had spread 15–20 miles (24–32 kilometers) southward across the Louisiana landscape.
The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color image of the Morganza Floodway on May 18, 2011. The false–color images combine infrared, red, and green wavelengths to help distinguish between water and land. Clear water is blue, and sediment-laden water is a dull blue-gray. Vegetation is red; the brighter the red, the more robust the vegetation. Gray patches away from the center of the floodway are likely farm fields that have recently been burned or cleared.
The floodway is bounded by a levee on the east side, and a levee and the Atchafalaya River on the west. The 800,000–acre Atchafalaya Basin is the largest swamp in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Slow as it is, water still rising in Basin
The Lower Atchafalaya River and the GIWW spread Floodwater to the Coastal Marshes~Quinta Scott
Health of Lake Pontchartrain: Abnormal, not hazardous, says foundation
~Sediment Plume in Lake Pontchartrain
~The Bonnet Carré Spillway delivered a plume of thick sediment to Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain in mid-May 2011.
Taken on May 17, 2011, this astronaut photo shows a muddy plume in the lake, as well as the sediment-clogged Mississippi River meandering through the city of New Orleans. Water flowing through the spillway into Lake Pontchartrain is also muddy brown.
When swollen Mississippi River subsides, crawfish will be easy pickins
~Also~In Cajun Country, the Crawfish Are Biting, Flood or No Flood
Mississippi River flood of 2011 sets all-time flow record, but has crested
~Jeff Masters, Wunderblog
~ReTweet @bldgblog~Photos of homes turned into tiny islands by DIY levees: http://is.gd/wRiJN2
Federal help sought for fishing, hunting, tourism businesses affected by Mississippi River flooding
Mississippi floods threaten gas prices
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New Orleans' top police officers all about protecting themselves
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