Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Jan. 8, 2016
Bonnet Carre Spillway to open 10 a.m. Sunday
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 7, 2016.
“The Army Corps of Engineers will begin opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish at 10 a.m. Sunday morning to reduce the level of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, so its flow does not exceed 1.25 million cubic feet per second in New Orleans, corps officials confirmed late Thursday…” (read more)
Spillway may be opened Monday, increasing local flooding threat
By Meredith Burns, The Houma Courier. Jan. 7, 2016.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could open the first gate of the Morganza Spillway on Monday, increasing the flooding threat for at least five parishes, including western Terrebonne and parts of Lafourche…” (read more)
Army Corps of Engineers to open Bonnet Carré Spillway on Sunday
By Clint Durrett, WDSU News (New Orleans). Jan. 7, 2016.
“NEW ORLEANS —Due to heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising Mississippi River water stages and flow, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open the Bonnet Carré Spillway on Sunday…” (read more)
The Latest: Corps to open Bonnet Carre Spillway Sunday
By The Associated Press. Jan. 8, 2016.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to open the Bonnet Carre (BAH-nee KAR-ee) Spillway on Sunday after heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising river water stages…” (read more)
High water on Mississippi River, Morganza Spillway could be opened
By Trevor, Sonnier, KALB (Alexandria, La.). Jan. 7, 2016.
“If the forecast from the National Weather Service does not change, the Morganza Spillway will open Monday…” (read more)
LWF Commission votes to close deer seasons in affected areas if Morganza or Bonnet Carre Spillways open
Louisiana Sportsman. Jan. 7, 2016.
“A potential closure to the deer season in a large swath of the Atchafalaya Basin looms if the Morganza Spillway is opened to divert flood water from the swollen Mississippi River, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries…” (read more)
Corps official says levees holding up well
The Vicksburg Post. Jan. 7, 2016.
“A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official says levee defenses on the lower Mississippi River are holding up well so far against the river’s winter flood…” (read more)
The Mississippi River flood of 1927
By Ron Grossman, The Chicago Tribune. Jan. 7, 2016.
“For a century and a half, Columbus, Ky., fought the Mississippi River to a draw, much like the towns of the Midwest and South that have been inundated during the flooding of recent months. But in 1927, Columbus’ 600 or so residents threw in the towel, moving to higher ground — lock, stock and with whatever was left of its shopkeepers’ barrels. After a local levee broke, the entire business district sank into the river. Only 13 of the town’s 150 homes were still habitable…” (read more)