Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Orleans: Slow-moving disaster rolls down Mississippi River (Assoicated Press)

6/20/11: Stop eating the fish you are catching! As of a few weeks ago many I know who fish in the river and lake stopped because as fishermen, they knew intuitively something was wrong with the fish. I am now hearing that people may be getting sick from eating the fish. If you are feeling sick and you have been fishin in the Mississippi or the Lake and the Gulf, stop for a few weeks and see if your symptoms disappear.

OneLove



UPDATES: ARMY CORPS ENGINEERS:

Monday, May 9, 2011
The Bonnet Carré Spillway will be open on Monday, May 9, 2011 in order to keep the volume of Mississippi River flows at New Orleans from exceeding 1.25 million cubic feet per second (cfs). Opening procedures will begin at approximately 8 a.m. Media and the general public are allowed to view the spillway opening at the Bonnet Carré Spillway Project Office, located at 16302 River Roadin Norco, Louisiana. The opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway can be watched from your computer by going to the following link http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bonnet-carre. We anticipate the channel will be live at approximately 0755 on Monday, May 9, 2011.



Planetary Editorial Note: I've highlighted in color areas of  that were of concern to me related to New Orleans and the rising Mississippi River flood waters. It's time to become more thoughtful about what to pack. Have a bug out bag ready and some food, battery's, flashlight, etc.  Important documents, and electronics organized for the next step of packing. Special needs items meds, etc. Photo's, memento's. Pet food and pet meds and needs. Vehicle working? Money for gas? Extra money for a bus or train? Do you know the schedules? Let's be thoughtful and prepared. The Mississippi is at 15.16 May-6-2011. Flood stage is 17' and according to noaa.gov our levees can hold up to 20'.


SOURCE: associatepublisher.com

Mississippi River Updates:

STATION  Flood Stage  7PM 12HR ....F O R E C A S T.....        CREST DATE

BATON ROUGE           
5-4-11   35 35.4 +0.5 35.6 36.4 37.0 37.7 38.4 47.5       05/23P A.05/03
5-5-11   35 36.3 +0.4 36.9  37.9 39.0 40.1 41.1 47.5      05/23P
5-6-11  *37.76
5-7-11  *38.39 24hr + 0.78
5-8-11  *39.52 24hr + 1.13
5-9-11  *40.2   24hr + 1.20
5-10-11 *41.89 24hr+ 1.00
5-11-11 *42.69 24hr +0.64
5-12-11 missing data
5-13-11 *43.68 24hr +0.29
5-14-11 *43.92 24hr +0.50
5-15-11 *44.35 24hr +0.53
5-16-11 *44.44 24hr +0.04
5-17-11 *44.73 24hr +0.31
5-18-11 *44.72 24 hr+0.12
5-19-11 *44.71 24HR-0.03


DONALDSONVILLE   
5-4-11   27 25.1 +0.5 25.3 25.9 26.5 27.0 27.6 36.0       05/23P A.05/06P
5-5-11   27 26.1 +0.6 26.6 27.6 28.7 29.7 30.7 36.0       05/23P
5-6-11  *27.33
5-7-11 *27.83 24hr + 0.68
5-8-11 *28.80 24hr +0.99
5-9-11 *29.88 24hr +1.08
5-10-11*30.73 24hr+0.76
5-11-11*31.10 24hr+0.45
5-12-11 missing data
5-13-11 *31.84 24hr +0.34
5-14-11 *31.97 24hr +0.40
5-15-11 *32.14 24hr +033
5-16-11 *32.38 24hr +0.24
5-17-11 *32.30  24hr -0.04
5-18-11*32.43  24hr +0.13
5-19-11 *32.39  24hr  0.00

RESERVE     
 5-4-11  22 19.3E MSG 19.4 19.9 20.4 20.9 21.3 25.0    05/24A A.05/13A
 5-5-11  22 20.2 +0.7     20.1 20.7 21.3 21.9 22.5 25.0    05/24A
 5-6-11  *21.04
 5-7-11  *21.45 24hr +0.53  
5-8-11   *22.20 24hr +0.75 
5-9-11   *23.12 24hr +0.92 
5-10-11 *23.46 24hr +0.66
5-11-11 *23.76 24hr +0.20
5-12-11 missing data
5-13-11  *23.46 24hr -0.08
5-14-11 *23.60 24hr +0.03
5-15-11 *23.59 24hr +0.04
5-16-11 *23.81 24hr - 0.05
5-17-11 *23.85 24hr +0.07
5-18-11 *23.90 24hr +0.07
5-19-11*23.94 24hr  +0.04

BONNE CARRE - NORTH OF SPILLWAY
5-7-11  19.40  24hr +0.47
5-8-11  20.05 24hr +0.60
5-9-11  20.90 24hr +0.85
5-10-11 21.30 24hr +0.37
5-11-11 21.33 24hr +0.09
5-12-11 missing data
5-13-11 20.80 24hr -0.13
5-14-11 20.88 24hr +0.07
5-15-11 20.87 24hr -0.01
5-16-11 21.08 24hr -0.10
5-17-11 21.02 24hr -0.02
5-18-11 21.13 24hr +0.07
5-19-11 21.26 24hr +0.04

BONNE CARRE (01280)
5-7-11 19.39 24hr +0.47
5-8-11 20.05 24hr +0.70
5-9-11 20.05 24hr +0.60
5-10-11 21.38 24hr +0.36
5-11-11 21.47 24hr +0.08 After 2nd opeing Bonne Carre Spillway
5-12-11 missing data
5-13-11 21.40 24hr -0.15
5-14-11 21.26
24hr +0.03

5-15-11 21.26 24hr +0.05
5-16-11 21.47 24hr +0.11
5-17-11 21.46 24hr +0.08
5-18-11 21.48 24hr +0.04
5-19-11 21.56 24hr -0.05

NEW ORLEANS (CARROLLTON 01300)  
5-4-11  17 14.0E MSG 14.0 14.4 14.7 15.1 15.4 17.0    05/24A
5-5-11  17 14.7  +0.6   14.5  15.0 15.3 15.7 16.1 17.0   05/24A
5-6-11  17 *15.16 +0.5 15.4 15.9 16.3 16.6 17.1 19.5    05/24A A.5/11A
5-7-11  17 *15.51 24hr +0.40
5-8-11  17 *15.85 24hr +0.57
5-9-11  17 *16.51 24hr +0.66 After opening of Bonne Carre: 16.65 24hr +0.51 1400 hrs
                                                                                                         16.71 24hr +0.33 1700 hrs
5-10-11 17  *16.96 24hr +0.33
5-11-11 17  *17.04 24hr +0.13
5-12-11 17 missing data
5-13-11 17  *16.70 24hr -0.08
5-14-11 17 *16.80 24hr +0.02 w/24hr precip +0.42 
5-15-11 17 *16.88 24hr +0.12 After opening of Morganza Spillway 5-14-11
5-16-11 17 *17.05 24hr +0.03
5-17-11 17 *17.15 24hr +0.17
5-18-11 17 *17.19 24hr  -0.03
5-19-11 17 *`7.21 24hr +0.01
As of 5/20/11 alll updates can be found at this blog posting: http://postkatrina2008.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-3-2011-photos-new-orleans-levee-137.html
or go to the source:
NEW ORLEANS FORECAST ASSUMES UPSTREAM STRUCTURES WILL BE OPERATED TO MAINTAIN STAGE OF 17.0 FEET


NEW ORLEANS FORECAST ASSUMES UPSTREAM STRUCTURES WILL BE OPERATED TO MAINTAIN STAGE OF 17.0 FEET

BONNE CARRE -  SPILLWAY

Flood-Flood-Fight-07may2011: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/bcarre/missriver.asp

RiverGages.com


OneLove

Flood Map: noaa.gov


By ADRIAN SAINZ and DYLAN LOVAN
Associated Press

HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) - Jail inmates filled sandbag after sandbag to protect one of the many Southern river cities threatened by the swelling Mississippi as it broke more 1930s flood records and crept higher Thursday.

A flooding tributary threatened to cut off Interstate 40, a major east-west route through Arkansas, and the Army Corps of Engineers planned to blast a new breach in a Missouri levee in hopes of controlling the slow-motion disaster flowing downriver.

(read more)

The relief from blowing up the levee is probably only temporary downstream in Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana because the water will eventually find its way back into the Mississippi River.

Arkansas recorded its eighth death since the rains started April 25 when authorities found the body of a man in the floodwaters in eastern Arkansas' Prairie County.

In Kentucky, about 3,800 residents have left their homes.

Memphis, where the Mississippi was at 43.8 feet Tuesday, could see a crest of 48 feet on May 11, just inches below the record of 48.7 feet set in 1937. Water from the Wolf and Loosahatchie rivers already has seeped into the suburbs, and some mobile home parks were swamped.

Emergency management officials said more than 1,100 houses and apartments could be hit with flooding. Several hundred people have already left, and thousands more are expected to follow them.

(read more)

In Louisiana, shippers, ports and the chemical industry hoped the government could dredge fast enough to keep a major channel into the Gulf of Mexico unclogged. The Mississippi sends huge amounts of sediment downriver during high-water times.

Because the maximum-security Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is particularly flood-prone, the state planned to evacuate the most medically vulnerable inmates by Monday, then others later.

(read more)

Fair use notice: This material has been linked with the intent to educate the public.
Source: kfvs12.com - Heartland News

New Orleans Readers: NOLA.com


Corps keeps fighting flood waters




 "I still don't think people understand the immensity of this flood,"  "The rain event we've had the past two weeks is 600 percent above normal."

Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh, Mississippi River Commission President




Related Mississppi River Flooding 2011:

HoumaToday:Flood will deal blow to struggling oystermen
The corps is also considering opening the Morganza Spillway, about 35 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. It diverts river water into the Atchafalaya Basin. It hasn't been opened since 1973.  (read more)



Decision About Recommendation for Morganza Spillway to come in 24 hours



SOURCE: realtimer.com
 

Flood Warning

FLOOD STATEMENT
water.weather.gov

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LA

101 PM CDT SAT MAY 7 2011

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN

LOUISIANA...

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT RESERVE AFFECTING ST. CHARLES...ST. JAMES AND ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISHES

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT NEW ORLEANS AFFECTING JEFFERSON...ORLEANS...
PLAQUEMINES AND ST. BERNARD PARISHES


MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT RED RIVER LANDING AFFECTING EAST BATON
ROUGE...POINTE COUPEE AND WEST FELICIANA PARISHES

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT BATON ROUGE AFFECTING EAST BATON ROUGE AND WEST BATON ROUGE PARISHES

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT DONALDSONVILLE AFFECTING ASCENSION PARISH


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FORECAST CRESTS ARE BASED UPON RAINFALL THAT HAS OCCURRED ALONG WITH ANTICIPATED RAIN FOR THE NEXT 12 HOURS. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE FORECASTS WILL BE MADE IF ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURS.

DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. REMEMBER...TWO FEET OF RUSHING WATER CAN CARRY AWAY MOST VEHICLES INCLUDING PICKUPS. TURN AROUND AND DON`T DROWN.

A FOLLOWUP PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED LATER. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...LOCAL TV AND RADIO STATIONS...OR YOUR CABLE PROVIDER...FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION. THE LATEST GRAPHICAL HYDROLOGIC INFORMATION  CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WEATHER.GOV.


LAC033-077-125-090001-
/O.CON.KLIX.FL.W.0039.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/RRLL1.3.ER.110428T0900Z.110523T1200Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
101 PM CDT SAT MAY 7 2011

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT RED RIVER LANDING.


* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 11:00 AM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 55.9 FEET.
* MODERATE FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND RECORD FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 48.0 FEET.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO A STAGE OF 60.5 FEET ON THURSDAY MAY 12TH AND CONTINUE RISING TO A CREST NEAR 65.5 FEET ON MONDAY MORNING MAY 23RD.

* IMPACT...AT 64.0 FEET...MAJOR FLOODING IS IN PROGRESS. ANGOLA

LANDING WILL REMAIN UNDER WATER AND FERRY SERVICE WILL BE TERMINATED. ALL RIVER ISLANDS, RECREATIONAL CAMPS, AND RIVER BOTTOM FARM LAND WILL BE UNDER WATER.

* IMPACT...AT 54.0 FEET...ALL RIVER ISLANDS ALONG THE REACH FROM RED RIVER LANDING TO BATON ROUGE WILL BE INUNDATED. RECREATIONAL CAMPS AND RIVER BOTTOM LAND WILL BE UNDER WATER. WATER APPROACHES ANGOLA FARM LAND.

* FORECAST ASSUMES OPERATION OF BONNET CARRE...BUT NOT MORGANZA.

LAC033-121-090001- /O.CON.KLIX.FL.W.0040.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/BTRL1.3.ER.110503T1620Z.110524T0000Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
101 PM CDT SAT MAY 7 2011

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT BATON ROUGE.

* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 12:00 PM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 38.6 FEET.
* MODERATE FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND RECORD FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 35.0 FEET.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE RISING TO A STAGE OF 42.4 FEET ON THURSDAY MAY 12TH AND WILL CONTINUE RISING TO A CREST NEAR 47.5 FEET ON MONDAY EVENING MAY 23RD.

* IMPACT...AT 43.0 FEET...SHIPPING AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES ARE
SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTED. UNPROTECTED LOW-LYING AREAS WILL BE FLOODED AND AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS WILL BE IMPACTED ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE RIVER. THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE IS PROTECTED BY LEVEES AT THIS LEVEL.

* IMPACT...AT 38.0 FEET...RIVER TRAFFIC AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY ON THE RIVER SIDE OF THE LEVEES WILL BE GREATLY AFFECTED. NAVIGATIONAL

SAFETY REGULATIONS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

* FORECAST ASSUMES OPERATION OF BONNET CARRE...BUT NOT MORGANZA.

LAC005-090001-/O.CON.KLIX.FL.W.0041.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/DONL1.3.ER.110506T0830Z.110524T0000Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
101 PM CDT SAT MAY 7 2011

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT DONALDSONVILLE.

* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 12:00 PM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 28.0 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MAJOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 27.0 FEET.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO A STAGE OF 31.2 FEET ON THURSDAY MAY 12TH AND CONTINUE RISING TO A CREST NEAR 36.0 FEET ON MONDAY EVENING MAY 23RD.
* IMPACT...AT 34.0 FEET...RIVER BARGE TRAFFIC BECOMES DANGEROUS,
PARTICULARLY WHEN NAVIGATING SHARP TURNS ON THIS STRETCH OF THE RIVER.
* IMPACT...AT 27.0 FEET...NAVIGATION BECOMES DIFFICULT FOR SMALLER

RIVER CRAFT. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR RIVER TRAFFIC ARE URGED.

* FORECAST ASSUMES OPERATION OF BONNET CARRE...BUT NOT MORGANZA.


LAC089-093-095-090001-/O.EXT.KLIX.FL.W.0042.110508T0600Z-000000T0000Z/
/RRVL1.3.ER.110508T0600Z.110524T1200Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
101 PM CDT SAT MAY 7 2011

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT RESERVE.

* FROM LATE TONIGHT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* AT 11:00 AM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 21.6 FEET.

* RECORD FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 22.0 FEET.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AFTER MIDNIGHT TOMORROW MAY 8TH AND CONTINUE TO RISING TO A CREST NEAR 28.0 FEET ON TUESDAY MORNING MAY 24TH.

* IMPACT...AT 22.0 FEET...MARINE AND INDUSTRIAL INTERESTS ALONG THE

RIVER, UPSTREAM BARGE OPERATORS, AND FACILITIES ARE IMPACTED.

NAVIGATION WILL BECOME DIFFICULT FOR SMALLER RIVER CRAFT. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR RIVER TRAFFIC ARE URGED.

* FORECAST ASSUMES OPERATION OF BONNET CARRE...BUT NOT MORGANZA.


LAC051-071-075-087-090001-/O.EXT.KLIX.FL.W.0046.110511T1200Z-000000T0000Z/
/NORL1.2.ER.110511T1200Z.110524T1200Z.000000T0000Z.NR/
101 PM CDT SAT MAY 7 2011

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT NEW ORLEANS.

* FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

* AT 11:00 AM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 15.5 FEET.

* MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 17.0 FEET.

* FORECAST...THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE ON WEDNESDAY MORNING MAY 11TH AND CONTINUE RISING TO A CREST NEAR 19.5 FEET ON TUESDAY MORNING MAY 24TH.

* IMPACT...AT 17.0 FEET...THE RIVER WILL RISE ON THE LEVEE MAKING
NAVIGATION AND DOCKING DIFFICULT. THE CITY IS PROTECTED TO A
PROJECT HEIGHT OF 20 FEET.

* FORECAST ASSUMES OPERATION OF BONNET CARRE...BUT NOT MORGANZA.

SOURCE: http://www.earthyoga.ca/christineallenewy/preview/preview04.asp

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