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Flooding Mississippi River

May 11, 2011

From Reuters

Flooding Mississippi River poses dire threats

By Bianca Phillips

The advancing crest on the Mississippi River could approach or break records
set in 1927 and 1937. The river swelled to 80 miles wide during the 1927 flood
blamed for up to 1,000 deaths and forcing 600,000 people from their

The latest round of flooding in what has been an extremely wet spring after a
snowy winter in parts of the U.S. Midwest will force the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to make more difficult decisions like it did earlier this

The Army Corps blew up a levee that relieved pressure on towns upstream but
inundated dozens of Missouri farms and tens of thousands of fertile acres


“At one point in time, people living along major American rivers that flood
frequently had a disaster subculture. But over the years that may have eroded,”
said Dennis Mileti of the Natural Hazard Center at the University of

Two spillways North of New Orleans will be opened next week to divert some of
the flow to Lake Pontchartrain and into the Atchafalaya basin. Louisiana plans
to begin evacuating inmates from the state prison at Angola and Governor Bobby
Jindal warned residents to be vigilant.

“If you know your area was flooded in 1973, it’s not too soon to think about
… what supplies you might need if you have to leave for an extended period of
time,” Jindal said.

From Reuters

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