Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mississippi Rising: Critics Say High Water Result of Man Not Mother Nature ~ABC
~"This is largely a man-made disaster -- to point it only to rainfall is naive," said H.J. Bosworth Jr., civil engineer and director of research for Levees.org. "Yes, there was lots of rainfall, but there was also lots of development. Every time you build a parking lot or a Walmart you add to the burden of the drainage system and all that drainage goes into the Mississippi River."
Both Bosworth and Robert Criss, professor of earth and planetary sciences at Washington University in St. Louis agree that part of the problem is inaccurate assessments by the Corps. "There are plenty of people living in designated 100-year flood plain areas and by government standards that's more like 10-year flood estimates," said Criss. "Every year is a 10-year flood now or worse. ... In terms of the Army Corps of Engineers' flood statistics I was able to show that there's not one chance in a thousand that their statistics are correct."
~Hat Tip~ Levees.org

Harahan Workers Watch Water Rise ~WDSU~John Barry, author of "River Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, said "the levees in the metro area are about seven to eight times stronger than those further north. "The levees we have in the lower portion of the Mississippi are by far the strongest in the U.S.," he said.
~Hat Tweet @skooks

Three Million Acres May Be Flooded in Louisiana, Governor Says ~Bloomberg

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