Thursday, May 23, 2019

Watching The Floods

If you've been watching the flooding in Oklahoma and Kansas, you know that this year has been a weird one for weather.  Climate change indeed.  We're following the weather here in central Louisiana as well, because all that water northwest of here eventually comes across our state.  It may take a week, but eventually the rain that falls in Kansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma visits us in the rivers.

Of course, the Mississippi river is at flood stage.  And has been for a while. The flood is a rolling flood.  What was upstream yesterday comes downstream, and it ebbs and crests, but recent rains have kept the river high.  And now, the Corps of Engineers is considering opening the Morganza Spillway.  According to the Baton Rouge paper:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning stakeholders along the Morganza Spillway that it could be forced to open some of the structure's gates early next month because, based on current forecasts, the Mississippi River would overtop the spillway structure on June 5 and render it unsafe.
We'll be keeping an eye on this.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Oh boy... NOW it gets interesting!