Mississippi Flood Update: Morganza Floodgate opened to protect Louisiana cities, Baton Rouge and New Orleans (Video)

By on May 15, 2011 in Current Events, Environment, Natural Disasters, Opinion, United States Comments

Opening spillway on Mississippi
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Latest reports revealed that the U.S. army engineers had opened the Morganza Spillway, Saturday, to unburden the stress on Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

As narrated by Col. Ed Fleming, US Army Corps of Engineers, “Public safety is our number one priority”.

It was noted that the Louisiana Floodgates were last opened way back 1973. Moreover, Corps spokesman Col. Ed Fleming said, “It’s a historic day, not only for the entire Mississippi River but for the state of Louisiana“.

It was reported that the flood could engulf up to 3,000 sq. miles of land and affect at least 25,000 people and 11,000 buildings.

Related updates mentioned that the New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said although he believed his city would be safe, this was a “tragic situation” for those in the Atchafalaya basin and Morgan City.

Evidently through reports, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was even quoted saying, “Our hearts go out to them. It doesn’t make us feel any good that [by] protecting New Orleans, other folks are going to get hurt.”

Floodgate opens on swollen Mississippi
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