Breaking News: Morganza Spillway opened (Slideshow)

Governer Bobby Jindall has the Army Corps of Engineers open the Morganza Spillway flooding farm and natural land. Photo: Associated Press

MORGANZA, La., May 14, 2010 -  Water, massive amounts of water, have swollen the Mississipi River.  Instead of being able to naturally flood over her banks, in order to create farmland and cities safe from the river’s water, the Army Corp. of Engineers diverted the river. 

Tried to tame the mighty Mississippi.

Today, a steel, 10-ton floodgate was raised. The water gushed through the area immediately moving across the land that had been dry from flooding for nearly forty years. Today there is one gate; tomorrow two more.  There is hopes that animals and people will be able to escape from the waters if they invade slowly.

It is sacrificing some for the good of the many.  This step is being taken to keep New Orleans, still recovering from Katrina, Baton Rouge and other river side cities from flooding.

The water will flood 3,000 square miles of what is termed Cajun countryside where many small farms and fishing camps, homes stand.  Water is expected to reach depths of 25 feet. The change will be permanent, one must expect.  More than 25,000 persons and 11,000 buildings – home, barns, businesses, are expected to suffer from the massive flooding.

But the hope is that Baton Rouge and New Orleans will be spared.

The Morganza spillway is not the first to be opened.  Lake Ponchatrain received the waters when The Bonnett Caree spillway was previously opened.  

Following are some of the images from today, and recent days, events. 


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