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    First bay of Louisiana spillway opens, in attempt to lower river level

    the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the first of potentially several bays of the Morganza spillway on Saturday afternoon, a move intended to spare some areas from severe flooding while redirecting water into others. "We think there is a successful operation going on right now," Col. Ed Fleming, the Corps' New Orleans District Commander, told CNN an hour after the first floodgate was opened.
    Fleming explained that the difficult decision to open the spillway, and similar ones made in recent weeks, is being done to address a historic excess of water in the Mississippi River system, including its tributaries.
    On Saturday afternoon, the river was cresting near Helena, Arkansas, at 56.4 feet -- 12.4 feet above the flood stage, the level at which the river may begin flowing over its banks -- the National Weather Service noted on its website. That crest, or high point of water, was moving slowly and steadily southward.
    The move in Morganza, about 115 miles northwest of New Orleans, will lower anticipated cresting levels -- as well as lessen the potential for severe flooding caused by things like overtopped levees and cracks in flood-control structures -- along the rising Mississippi River and divert water from Baton Rouge and New Orleans. But it will flood parts of low-lying south-central Louisiana.
    More here: First bay of Louisiana spillway opens, in attempt to lower river level - CNN.com

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    Hopefully the swamp mafia has scuba gear
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    Hopefully the swamp mafia has scuba gear
    . . . or a good pirogue. Cajuns know what that is.




    (It's a BOAT for the uninformed.)

    I imagine there will be a whole lot of rowing going on for the next couple of months.

    Gratefully, it doesn't look like the water will be this far west. (Fingers crossed.)


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    Looks more like a canoe to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    Looks more like a canoe to me
    Anywhere else - - a canoe - - in South Looziana - - a pirogue.

    Leave it to a buncha coonazzes to hafta be different.


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    I got curious - pirogue translates from French to English as "dugout".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cidp24 View Post
    I got curious - pirogue translates from French to English as "dugout".
    10-4 on that. Yet another name for a small bateau (boat).


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