Mississippi River Flooding

May 09 2011

Mississippi River Flooding

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Summary: Flooding has been creating much havoc in many Midwestern and southern states within the last week. The US Army has been called in to open a spillway to calm the rising of water in the Mississippi river. These are created to divert water away from the low-lying city of New Orleans. Upstream in Memphis and Tennessee people waited for water to go down as it had reached 14 feet, way above flood stage. In between states such as Louisiana and Mississippi are beginning to prepare for flooding by opening floodgates and levees that officials said are holding up well. “This water that we’re seeing coming by is moving 2 million cubic feet per second,” said Col. Vernie Reichling, Corps of Engineers’ Memphis District commander, of the situation Sunday outside that city. “To use an analogy, in one second that water would fill up a football field 44 feet deep.” “There is no doubt that we are stressing the system,” he said. “These are historic flows.” The river is the highest it’s been since 1937. When it hit 48.7 feet. That flood killed 500 people and destroyed 200 acres of land that means this flood will be almost or even more devastating. The sewage plant is close to shutting down which provides the clean water to drink and bathe in. Memphis is doing okay so far and much of the water is coming from other states tributaries not being able to dump water. The cities mayor said that even though this is a major disappointment he doesn’t expect the flooding to be that bad in their area. In Mississippi people are getting nervous that the nuclear power plant will be shut down soon because an access road is extremely close to becoming flooded. The spillway opened on Monday can accommodate about 1.87 million gallons of water per second, diverting water from the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico by way of Lake Pontchartrain. As a result of the 1927 flood congress passed the Flood Control Act of 1928 that started a massive Public Works program to hold back the river more efficiently and lessen the effects of floodwater. Only minimal rain is expected over the coming days, with daytime temperatures forecast to be in the upper 80s and 90s through Thursday, at which point the water levels should begin to creep back down. “It’s a historic time we’re in all along the Mississippi River,” Fleming said.

Analysis: This is a horrible disaster that is occurring more and more in the past ten years. I feel like over the last few years multiple “acts of god” have destroyed land and ruined people’s lives. If it’s not flooding it’s a tornado, if it’s not a tornado it’s an earthquake.  It is sad to see so many peoples homes go under water when there was nothing they could do about it. After this I think that congress must create another public works program to try and build more levees and other things to stop water. Hopefully within the next 10 years the US government can make this possible.




3 Responses to “Mississippi River Flooding”

  1. crice6 Says:

    I agree that the government should allow more funds to be provided for natural disaster relief. This is something that I feel has been a fault in the attitudes of our leaders for a while. A natural disaster, to me, is something that should should merit as much relief or response as a personal attack on our country. I feel the attitude is that since there is no one to “get back at” for the destruction caused by natural disasters, that a much more passive stance is taken. When in reality these event can destroy multiple entire cities, compared to someone threatening the security of a few individuals.

  2. mrousseau Says:

    It’s awful that the south is experiencing so many issues with natural disasters. First tornadoes, now flooding. You said something about the nuclear power plant shutting down, would flooding just shut it down or would it cause danger for the plant and surrounding area?

  3. fsimpson Says:

    Is it too harsh to say that we are now paying the price for poor city/town planning and paying a horrible cost? I agree I think their needs to be either another government agency beside FEMA to take care of those whose lives have been destroyed by a natural disaster. It would be nice to see the National government take on more domestic responsibilities with regards to helping those in need instead of relying on states to do the work which isn’t always feasible because of economic status etc.

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