An UC Berkeley civil engineer reports today that New Orleans is in a serious situation due to the flooding catastrophe barreling down the Mississippi River, where polluted waters are anticipated to rise as high as 25 feet ground level. Already flooded areas further north have driven survivors out, many evacuated to a Red Cross Center for today’s historic 1 in 500 year flood called “Project Flood” by the Army Corps of Engineers.
“It’s going to be nasty,” said Bob Bea, a civil engineer at UC Berkeley who had investigated levee failures in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (AP/SFGate)
“How bad it gets depends on how well the flood protection systems have been built and maintained,” he said. (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/06/MNMF1JD2DO.D…)
In Memphis, the director of emergency management for Shelby County, Bob Nation said there was still time for people there to get out.
Police went door to door, warning thousands of people to leave before they get swamped. Bright yellow flyers have been distributed warning people to “Evacuate!!!!”
The river is not expected to crest in Memphis until Wednesday.
Across the South, since Thursday night, over 1,250 people have in a Red Cross shelter due to tornadoes and flooding.
Red Cross emergency response vehicles are traveling through neighborhoods to deliver hot meals and supplies such as cleanup kits, shovels and tarps.
Opening Louisiana Floodgate: Widespread flooding up to 25 feet
The Army Corps of Engineers is likely to open the floodgate called the Morganza Floodway to the lower Mississippi River levels along Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
This will produce widespread flooding, so the Army Corps of Engineers on Friday night began warning residents about evacuation plans.
Pointe Coupee, St Landry, St Martin, Iberia, Iberville, St Mary, and Terrebonne parishe residents are to contact public officials about evacuation according to Mark Schleifstein for The Times-Picayune.
A map of the area can be viewed at projectedfloodmaps.pdf
“As floodwaters progress through the Morganza Floodway to the Gulf of Mexico, the height of the water could reach between 5 and upwards of 25 feet above ground elevation, causing widespread flooding and inundation.”
The Army Corps of Engineers have aimed to control the Mississippi River because it is one of the nation’s most important assets. (See: Project Flood: A New Madrid false flag for Full Spectrum Dominance?)
According to the Army website, “[m]ore and more the Mississippi’s importance is emphasized as America continues to grow. This great river is, truly, one of the Nation’s outstanding assets. Uncontrolled, it would be just as great a liability.”
The US army already took control of the mouth of the Mississippi in the Gulf Operation.