Join Date: Jan 2008
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The way I understand it is that opening the spillway will alleviate the flow rate and pressure going into Baton Rouge and NO, so they should be spared from flooding due to overtopping of levees. I think there may still be some concern about breaches in some of the levees which could cause flooding. I'm about 50 miles ssw of NO in Lafourche Parish, and some of our parish could be affected by opening the Morganza Spillway which I understand will happen beginning on Saturday. The Morganza Spillway hasn't been opened since 1973, and it has sustained some damage at that time and later in 1998. I've read that there is some concern that once opened, they wouldn't be able to close it, and the river would then be able to change its course. I can't even imagine how the landscape would change in that scenario. Although I should stay dry, please keep all the people of South Louisiana in your prayers as this could well alter life as we know it.
Kim, Santos & Brew