Monday, May 16, 2011
Someone's Sneaking Around My Back Door.
This Mississippi River is a sneaking around old man. He don't have much respect for those that want to tame him and keep him where they want he to be. He'll go where he want's too. He has tens of thousands of years to get things done.
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said Sunday when a secondary levee protecting 10,000 acres of farmland at Bunches Bend in East Carrol Parish failed Friday, the Mississippi River level temporarily fell a half-foot at Greenville, Miss., before beginning to rise again. / News-Star file photo
This hole shown above was from Friday morning. It has grown larger and must be scouring a channel from the Big River to the break. It is filling up an area of 10,000 acres of farm land that is protect by third level levees not under Corps. jurisdiction, that were built to guard against flooding from streams in this upper Red River drainage basin. This water will attack the backs of those levees. They are not designed to resist that source of pressure. Those streams on the front side of those levees flow into the Red that flows into the Atchafalaya. Ole Man River is looking for a back door here, and the current flood crest won't be at this cut until Tuesday, May 17th. Then it will still keep flowing in for another two weeks or so.
What will be the results? Don't know. But everybody's interest is downstream at the Morganza spillway and Baton Rouge and New Orleans and the Cajun Delta. Normally this breach up North would be a big deal. It may actually end up being the way the Mississippi River is pirated to the Atchafalaya River. Oh heck, I know somebody is watching this. The Corps actually said this won't affect the main River levees. Of course it won't, it's already snuck in behind them.